(ENSPIRE She Did That!) Educator and Children’s Author LaTanya Brooks is Empowering Young People from Underrepresented Groups to Pursue STEM CareerS
ENSPIRE Contributor: Sophia Kang
A Houston educator is taking a creative approach to raising STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) awareness in her own classroom and beyond. LaTanya Brooks launched her ongoing children’s book series, Grow With STEM, in 2017 to inspire curiosity about STEM among students of color and students with disabilities—two groups significantly underrepresented in the STEM industries. So far, the series includes two books: Marisol: A Little Girl with a Big Dream and Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer.
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10 BENEFITS OF STEM EDUCATION
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. If you haven't heard of STEM by now, you may be living under a rock. Many of us that know what STEM stands for, however, we may not understand exactly how it is integrated into school curriculum or life. Over the past few years, STEM has been a hot topic of discussion in education.
The common misconception is that STEM only involves science, technology, engineering and math. The truth is, STEM involves teaching skills that benefit all areas of life and education. Students learn to use a "problem solving loop" that can translate into other areas of their lives. With this model, students identify a problem and conduct research to generate different ideas on how to solve the problem. Next, students learn to take those ideas and narrow it down to the one they feel is best, and put it to the test. Once results are evaluated, students are able to see what worked and what didn't or if they need to ditch the idea and start over again. It's a system of trying, failing, tweaking and trying again. Can you see how STEM teaches life lessons and helps students learn to deal with adversity? Have you ever heard the saying "nothing beats a failure but a try" or that fail stands for First Attempt in Learning? Whether students are creating something new, making something better or just using the model to solve everyday problems in their lives. STEM is certainly and integral part of youth education that is here to stay..
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As mortgage rates remain low, millions of Americans are interested in buying homes. To help accommodate this increase in demand our experts at Bankrate compiled a list of the best mortgage lenders for low credit scores. This guide walks readers through the different types of home loans and which one may be right for you based on credit score and financial preparedness. Click here to find out which program is right for you.
Step 5: Planning For Funding
Recently, I covered the 5 steps to becoming a mompreneur. I mentioned that as your business grows, you’re going to need capital for things such as an office, a staff and other business tools. Before you venture out to search for a lender, you’ll need to make sure your credit is in good condition. This might mean you have to repair your credit. The better your credit score, the more appealing you look to lenders when the time comes to request a small business loan. If you need to repair your credit, look into reputable companies that can assist you in the process.
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Carl Sagan once said, “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them.” It's true that conventional teaching methods do little to inspire a love of science and technology. A focus on rote learning not only limits students' understanding of science and math concepts, but it also contributes to waning STEM interest as children progress through school.
Getting students to stick with STEM requires a new approach. Here's what teachers can do to foster a love of science and technology in young learners.
Getting Comfortable with STEM
Before educators can instill STEM confidence in students, they need to get comfortable with STEM themselves. Elementary school teachers often feel apprehensive about teaching science and technology due to a lack of strong background in the subjects. A variety of STEM professional development courses cater to elementary teachers seeking to expand their STEM literacy. The most effective programs combine professional development with new curriculum materials.
Advanced teaching degrees also give teachers the opportunity to specialize with master's degree programs in science and mathematics education. With online degrees, current teachers can reap the benefits of an advanced degree without putting their careers on pause.
3 Rules for Effective STEM Education
What makes STEM education stick? By following these simple rules, educators can design STEM lessons that emphasize creativity and critical thinking rather than content expertise.
Tips to STEM-ify Your Curriculum
How can teachers find time to foster creativity and experimentation when there are standards to meet? By building STEM education into everyday classroom materials.
STEM Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources
Looking for fun ways to bring STEM into the classroom? These teacher-recommended resources are full of great ideas to enhance your STEM curriculum.
STEM Books for Students and Teachers
Books are a great way to build the connections between science, math, engineering, and kids' everyday lives.
STEM careers are the future, but students won’t pursue STEM if it’s introduced in a way that’s difficult to engage with or understand. By rethinking your approach to STEM education, you can nurture a generation of students with the skills, passion, and confidence to succeed in STEM.
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5 STEPS TO BECOMING A MOMPRENEUR
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If you have a special skill, invented something, or just have a passion for helping others, you may have considered becoming a “mompreneur” – a stay-at-home mom who runs a business. It can be a great way to make money and save on child care.
How do you start? These four steps, courtesy of Grow With STEM, will help you to go from business idea all the way to successful business.
Step 1: Find Your “Why”
Why do you want to start this business? It’s important to get to the heart of this question. Many people say “to make money” but really, that’s your “what” –the result of your hard work. Your “why” is your purpose, for example, helping other moms start their own businesses or advocating for children’s education. Inc. recommends looking to your strengths and thinking about what you would love to do if money were no object.
Once you find your purpose, look at your skills, talents and experience to see how the two align. For example, if you are passionate and knowledgeable about healthy living and like to engage with others, you can become a nutrition coach.
Once you’ve decided on your path, make it official by selecting a business structure and registering with your state. Many people choose a limited liability company, or LLC, for example. It’s a popular option, thanks to the protection it provides your personal assets. It also offers tax advantages and can grow as your business grows. Consider filing through an online service since they will save you looking up the legalities involved.
Step 2: Finding The Best Business Model For You
What’s the difference between a business and a business model? A business is centered on the product or service you are selling. A business model is how you sell it. Here are some business models, as explained by Investopedia:
You can also provide a service like bookkeeping, become a travel agent, or open a subscription service. Online consulting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get started in business. However, having multiple business models will allow you to build multiple streams of income.
Step 3: Getting Your First Clients
Your first clients may be friends, family and acquaintances. This is great if they are willing to pay full price and if they need your services. Otherwise, you may want to heed this advice from The Balance: Think about your fourth client first. Taking that longer view can ensure that you “put the marketing and consulting fundamentals in place that will secure your future as a consultant.”
Step 4: Marketing Your Business
The best way to build your business is with solid marketing. Here are some tips that will help you get started without breaking your budget:
Step 5: Planning For Funding
As your business grows, you’re going to need capital for things such as an office, a staff and other business tools. Before you go out looking for a lender, you’ll need to make sure your credit is in good condition. This might mean you have to repair your credit. The better your credit score, the more appealing you look to lenders when the time comes to request a small business loan. If you need to repair your credit, look into reputable companies that can assist you in the process.
Balancing Work And Family
This is going to be a challenge but you also need to make sure your family respects your work time. This means finding a space (preferably with a door) for your office and setting regular work hours and providing your kids with appropriate activities like board games or school work. Balancing work and family can be challenging, but with the right tools, strategies and motivation, you can do it!
Starting a home-based business is the dream of many stay-at-home moms. When you know your purpose and are dedicated to your dream, with hard work and dedication, you can build a successful legacy for your family. Look to Grow With STEM for more tips, tools and information that can help you and your family thrive!
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