The iSTEM Program
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology is implementing a professional development program in the Diocese of Paterson that provides integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshops and classroom support to middle school science, math, and technology teachers. Emphasis is on core content areas in STEM education and which emphasize 21st century skills, such as problem-solving, global telecollaboration, creativity and innovation, and communication. Problem-based learning models, which involve students in complex tasks, based on challenging questions or problems, that involve students in design, problem-solving, decision-making or investigative activities, and which give students the opportunity to work relatively autonomously over extended periods of time with a culminating product or presentation, guide teacher professional development activities. Interdisciplinary projects that make connections across multiple subjects including language arts, literacy, and social studies, are highlighted throughout the program.