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Promoting STEM Through Literature

Several of Michigan’s educational standards focus on engineering design thinking, collaboration, creation, as well as soft skills that include inquiry and problem-solving skills, all the while helping students see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things.

While it is an absolute need for students to acquire and use these skills in their lives developing ways to teach students about design thinking concepts and having them put that learning into practice can be intimidating.

Promoting STEM Through Literature builds on the REMC Association’s successful Classroom Maker project by incorporating new curricular connections.

This project shows educators how to use literature to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. With book cards/lesson plans that include pre, during and post reading questions, each book card/lesson plan includes a maker-STEM connection to the Classroom Maker materials already available in each REMC.

Beyond that, sets of books from Promoting STEM Through Literature have been placed at each local REMC.

Objectives include:

  • Promote the STEM-literacy connection with free, easy-to-use lessons (referred to as book cards) using materials available at all REMCs.
  • Support the REMC Classroom Makers project through the use of maker kit materials available at all REMCs. 
  • Provide training to teachers around the state in both the upper & lower peninsulas to promote the free materials and a design thinking mindset.

Participation
These one-day Promoting STEM Through Literature 2019-20 workshops are offered at various locations throughout 2019-20 school year.  The workshops are free and offer 6 free SCECHs. 

November 18 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Kent ISD (REMC 8) Conference Center
1633 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

January 22 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Jackson County ISD (REMC 15)
6700 Browns Lake Rd., Jackson MI 49201

January 28 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Macomb ISD (REMC 18 South)
44001 Garfield, Clinton Township MI 48038

April 21 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Marquette-Alger RESA (REMC 21)
321 E. Ohio St., Marquette MI 49855

April 22 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD (REMC 2 North) Boyne City
1313 Boyne Ave, Boyne City MI 49712

Ready to sign up as a participant? Online registration is available here

Promoting STEM Through Literature Contacts

Judy Bowling
Project Manager
734-334-1545
Kerry Guiliano
Project Manager
734-322-2737

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 18 Nov
    • Promoting STEM Through Literature
      Date: Nov 18
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Kent ISD (REMC 8) Conference Center, 1633 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature

      Registration.

      Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.  All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.

  • 22 Jan
    • Promoting STEM Through Literature
      Date: Jan 22
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: REMC 15/Jackson County ISD, 6700 Browns Lake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature

      Registration.

      Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.  All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.

  • 28 Jan
    • Promoting STEM Through Literature
      Date: Jan 28
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: REMC 18 South/Macomb ISD, 44001 Garfield Rd #1100, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature

      Registration.

      Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.  All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.

  • 21 Apr
    • Promoting STEM Through Literature
      Date: Apr 21
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Marquette-Alger RESA (REMC 21), 321 E. Ohio St., Marquette MI 49855
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature

      Registration.

      Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.  All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.

  • 22 Apr
    • Promoting STEM Through Literature
      Date: Apr 22
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Charlevoix-Emmet ISD (REMC 2N) Boyne City, 1313 Boyne Ave., Boyne City MI 49712
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature

      Registration.

      Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.  All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.