The Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory seeks to improve STEM education, increase
STEM workforce preparation for all, and actively engage the Mid-Columbia community in its projects.
What is STEM Education?
First of all, the acronym STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
Definitions vary, but we use the definition from STEM Lesson Essentials by JoAnne Vasquez, Cary Sneider, and Michael Comer with a Forward by Rodger Bybee. By their definition, "STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning which removes the traditional barriers separating the four discipline of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and integrates them into real world, rigorous and relevant learning experiences for students."
What is our STEM Education Collaboratory all about?
Designed to create to a network or zone focused on collaboration in STEM education, the Collaboratory represents a combination of the words "collaborate" (to work together) and "laboratory" (a place where theories, techniques, methods and ideas are tested, analyzed, demonstrated, etc.). The premise is that collaboration among individual but related entities that focus on STEM education will produce better outcomes than our separate efforts have previously.