Always in the forefront of environmental education, MEEC is leading the High Desert in providing training and resources to our educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This fall MEEC will introduce STEM to educators and students through two workshops, the MEEC website, and as a primary component during the January 2012 YELC Conference in both Victorville and Antelope Valley. Fall workshop dates and locations are:
Tuesday, October 11th — 4:30 PM– 7:30 PM Mariposa Elementary, 737 WAvenue E, #H6, Lancaster, CA 93534, Registration Deadline: October 5 and Tuesday, October 25th — 4:30 PM– 7:30 PM, Mojave Desert AQM, 14306 Park Ave., Victorville, CA 92392, Registration Deadline: October 17
STEM Service Learning is increasing the number of youth choosing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, with a focus on women and minorities who are often under represented.
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service learning can be applied in a wide variety of settings, and can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school. Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas such as education, public safety, and the environment. Students design and implement projects to meet a wide variety of school and community needs in areas such as energy, health, water quality, the environment, campus improvement and peer mentoring.
Using the service learning instructional method, STEM SL content and concepts are introduced in a nontraditional setting and thereby increasing the relevance to the student’s experience, which has been shown to significantly increase academic engagement. The focus of student development is to improve the academic engagement and retention of both secondary and higher education students and better engage participants in the civic lives of their community. As students solve critical issues in their community, they understand that they do have a voice in their democracy and learn how they can take a leadership role in their community.