NEW STEM RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS TEACHERS FREE CLASSROOM MATERIALS

azednews | April 10, 2019

NEW STEM RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS TEACHERS FREE CLASSROOM MATERIALS
Teachers from across the Valley got a sneak preview on April 2, 2019, of the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s STEM Resource Center, a new facility offering teachers and schools within Maricopa County free STEM materials provided by Amazon.Along with the materials, the center offers training to integrate new approaches to lessons in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The teachers from Deer Valley Unified and Phoenix Elementary School districts toured the 6,000-square-foot resource center in Phoenix, attended a hands-on training session and had the opportunity to “shop” for STEM materials to use in their classrooms.Since 2018, Amazon has donated thousands of STEM-related products to support Valley teachers. The Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson then distributes those items to Makerspaces, science programs and STEM labs within the county. “Amazon wants to encourage young people to build, imagine and innovate. We recognize that the jobs of tomorrow require a stronger aptitude for STEM skills today,” said Matthew High, general manager, Amazon. “Amazon is excited to partner with the Maricopa County School Superintendent to give teachers access to materials and resources they can use in their classrooms to inspire innovative learning in science, technology, engineering and math.”

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A complementary volume to Dilly Fung’s A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education (2017), this book explores ‘research-based education’ as applied in practice within the higher education sector. A collection of 15 chapters followed by illustrative vignettes, it showcases approaches to engaging students actively with research and enquiry across disciplines. It begins with one institution’s creative approach to research-based education – UCL’s Connected Curriculum, a conceptual framework for integrating research-based education into all taught programmes of study – and branches out to show how aspects of the framework can apply to practice across a variety of institutions in a range of national settings.

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