Integrated STEM Pedagogy Curriculum - Program Development

Name of Award

Spring 2019 APDC Grant

Date Awarded




Project Description

Natasha Yates, Assistant Professor of Education, and Elizabeth Whalen, Assistant Professor of Education, are awarded $1,200 from the APDC Grant to develop new program curriculum to scaffold the learning of integrated STEM (iSTEM) pedagogies into the Education Department’s elementary education program of study. These curricula will equip St. Kate’s elementary education graduates with the skills required to understand, develop, evaluate, and implement iSTEM curricula in their classrooms.

Research has shown that implementation of quality iSTEM curricula in elementary schools not only increases students’ understanding of, engagement with, and interest in STEM fields, but also helps to increase students’ STEM literacy as well. Further research has shown that STEM literate individuals are more likely to be equipped to problem solve, think critically, and understand complex societal issues. This project involves aligning education curricula with all appropriate education standards including Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) standards, NGSS content standards, NGSS science and engineering practices (SEPS), MN state science standards, MN state math standards, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.

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