STEM Connections Past and Present

How can you STEM-ify local traditions and cultural history? This article, by NSTA Reports, highlights a variety of examples from across cultures, including Global GreenSTEM's work with Guam teachers to integrate unique island culture and traditions. Get ideas for what you can do! 


Published in NSTA Reports, November 2018. 

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Infographic: Culture of Inquiry for Learners

Infographic: Culture of Inquiry for Learners

What does inquiry look and feel like? 

  • Learner-owned, teacher-guided

  • Curiosity centered on questioning

  • Preconceptions as learning opportunities

  • Community of learners

  • Relevant connections to learning

Download pdf to use and share as bookmarks, posters, presentation slides. 

Inspire Problem Solvers With Purposeful STEM Projects

The novelty of tech gadgets is fading for many educators and learners. This article describes how and why to transform your materials-based STEM activities into purposeful real-world projects that spark curiosity in the learner. "In the flurry to incorporate STEM, many educators overlooked its core strength: using technology and the engineering design process to address the real-world problems and issues meaningful to the learner's culture, community, or interests. When we incorporate these elements into dynamic, project-based STEM lessons, we not only deepen relevance, but we also create opportunities for 21st-century skill application and cross-curricular connections." 

Published in NSTA Reports, May 2018.

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Diving beneath the surface: Underwater robotics lessons bring STEM to life for teachers in Guam

This article describes our place-based professional learning approach through the lens of our work with Guam Department of Education's K-12 educators. "The Guam STEM project used an inside-out model that puts educators and their context at the center of planning and decision-making." The article lays out the steps for creating a STEM strategic plan, and for identifying, developing and integrating learner-relevant lessons and projects that honor the unique culture and inspire teachers by giving them a voice in the process.  


Published in Learning Forward’s membership magazine, The Learning Professional (formerly known as Journal of Staff Development), February 2017.

Green STEM: STEM as It's Meant to Be 

"Roland Quitugua, a leading scientist in the U.S. territory of Guam, stood before a room of 60 public school teachers, describing his tireless efforts to eradicate a devastating problem on the tiny island in the Western Pacific: the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle....  Though the teachers had heard the scientist’s beetle story before, now they were looking at it through a new lens: creating place-based learning opportunities for students. Ultimately, they were asked to think about how this story could inspire and empower students to design community-based STEM solutions for other local problems." This article describes how to flip the paradigm from activity-based STEM and to design meaningful and impactful STEM and GreenSTEM projects. 

Published in AdvancED: The Source, Spring 2015.

Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene! [curriculum]

With Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!, your students investigate an actual crime against wildlife, learn the science behind animal-species identification, and find out about efforts to fight real-world threats against wild animals. The book is designed to be engaging for both you and your student-detectives. It’s also easy to use. The material is divided into four clear sections: 

  1. Background about crimes that threaten wild animal species around the world. 

  2. Eight forensic training lessons about antlers and horns, blood typing, DNA fingerprinting, fingerprints, hair identification, pH and pH indicators, mammal skulls, and tracks and trace fossils. 

  3. An investigation simulation based on a real wildlife crime: the illegal shooting and dismemberment of a bear. Students work in teams to review crime scene reports, conduct interviews of suspects and witnesses, analyze evidence, and bring charges before a “prosecuting attorney.” 

  4. Teacher strategies for evaluating individual students and student teams. 

At the link, you will find downloadable pdfs to student activity pages of Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene

Published by NSTA Press, 2008.


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