But we’d rather talk about the observations from our own classrooms that catapulted us into going full-steam STEM:
For Pine Ridge 4th grade teacher Diane Riemersma, it’s about student engagement, the excitement of important hands-on learning: “I was the kid crying at the kitchen table over math, and I don’t want that for these guys!” Diane said about her 4th grade boys in particular. “They’re too little to say ‘I’m not good at math or science!’ or be anxious about it. School should be exciting and engaging—I want to have these little boys go home saying ‘That was the best day ever!’”
And kids seem to do that more after a day that includes STEM learning, she noticed. Sometimes parents even email her photos of students continuing their problem-solving projects at home.