STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students well versed in the STEM is presently prominent on the public education agenda of the United States. The teaching strategies are inquiry based, discovery learning oriented, preferring interactive, hands on activities and student directed presentations.
In collaboration with organizations such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Museum will offer STEM-based teacher training programs with an emphasis on natural history. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is currently the major educational initiative across the country. The Museum will offer workshops for PDP (Professional Development Points) to Massachusetts teachers.
For example, the following is a Sample Standard
Life Science: How organisms meet their basic needs in their environment
Children who demonstrate understanding can:
•Explain how some plants and animals in their locale might meet their basic needs.
•Make reasoned predictions about how changes in the environment might effect the living things that depend on it.
The Museum is uniquely positioned to work on curriculum and lesson plans to incorporate the standard.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education to be a PDP provider. Teachers can attend our programs and earn credit toward their license renewal and other DOE approved benefits.