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Starting and Implementing a STEM Program
Starting and Implementing a STEM Program
About the STEM Immersion Guide and STEM Implementation Guide (below)

The STEM Immersion Guide was created as a tool to help educators establish and implement for 21st century schools and classrooms in Arizona. It is written as an over-arching framework to help chart a course for integrating STEM education in Arizona schools and districts. The STEM Immersion Guide contains key design elements that support project-based, interdisciplinary STEM instruction by providing practical tools and information to enable teachers, schools and districts, and administrators that want to improve student outcomes by integrating STEM.

Where do I get started?

Starting and implementing a STEM program will be an exciting adventure for everyone involved! The Arizona STEM Network, in partnership with Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA), has created a four level STEM Immersion Guide--Exploratory, Introductory, Partial Immersion, Full Immersion-- to lead you through the process.

Stem Implementation Guides
The "Roadmaps" offered below provide a check-off list for planning and implementing your STEM Program. The accompanying videos provide targeted information on the four levels of STEM Immersion.

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and the AZ STEM Network created the STEM Implementation Guide as a "how-to checklist” for implementing the four models found within the STEM Immersion Guide. This guide provides schools with a timeline for planning, implementing and facilitating a STEM program from the Exploratory Model up through the Full Immersion Model. The guide’s checklist is an organizational tool to drive program development. This guide will also provide the processes used to gather qualitative and quantitative data elements and observations necessary to evaluate effective STEM schools/programs.

WHAT IS THE STEM IMMERSION GUIDE and how was it created? Download the details here

STEM instruction is more than a change in curriculum. True STEM instruction involves the trans-disciplinary integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics into rigorous lessons that connect the students to real world careers and issues. If you are ready to make your teaching come alive, and you’re looking for a step-by- step roadmap for implementing STEM, then follow these 4-easy steps:

  1. Visit the STEM Immersion Guide online pages for detailed instructions on how to create, sustain and evaluate an effective STEM program.
  2. Download the guide and share it with your administrators, teachers, and curriculum designers.
  3. Take the Online Assessment (results will be e-mailed back to you), and assemble your team.
  4. Create a Strategic Plan for your schools based on the level you are currently at, and where you want to go!

"Get your adventure started! " --Lynette Charley, Salt River Elementary School-Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Schools

Explore our resources and contact us if you need additional information. We have a validated PROCESS that leads schools and districts through the entire creation, implementation and evaluation phase.

If you need more information, please click here to contact the Arizona STEM Network.

Exploratory Model

The Exploratory Model describes a traditional school experience with STEM-related EXTRA CURRICULAR opportunities offered to students in addition to the regular school day. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: after school clubs, summer programs, science fairs, robotics clubs, video production clubs, etc.

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Introductory Model

The Introductory Model describes a traditional school experience with STEM-related experiences offered in addition to the current curriculum. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: integrated STEM units delivered once the state testing is complete, supplementary stand-alone learning units offered through industry or non-profit partnerships, etc.

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Partial Immersion Model

The Partial Immersion Model describes a school experience where STEM-related experiences are integrated into the current curriculum. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: teaching to a school-wide STEM theme, teaching year-long integrated Problem/Project-Based Learning Units, teaching dual-enrollment programs, teaching in a "school within a school" model, etc.

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Full Immersion Model

The Full Immersion Model describes a total school experience where STEM-related experiences are imbedded within a cross-curricular, thematic focus in ALL content areas. Full Immersion schools look more like 21st Century workplace environments rather 20th century K12 school environments. Problem-based Learning drives the curriculum and instruction. Students constantly collaborate to solve authentic problems, propose solutions, and contribute ideas to the larger community.

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