Despite the national call for STEM preparation, there is still a need to foster student interest in STEM at an early age. Although stakeholders have begun to develop STEM curricula at the elementary level, many of these focus on single disciplinary content and often have an emphasis on physical science. Efforts must be made to develop STEM curriculum that is truly integrated and adequately represents NGSS grade-level learning. This may require the use of interdisciplinary teams to improve integrated STEM programs. Projects like the covered wagon mini greenhouse can be used to strengthen student interest in STEM and encourage students to understand and practice the design process while engaging in earth science instruction.
Beachner, Maggie; Daugherty, Michael K.; Carter, Vinson; Swagerty, Lindsey; and Wissehr, Cathy
"Expanding Earth Science in STEM: A Model,"
Journal of STEM Teacher Education:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/jste/vol50/iss1/7