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ERIC Number: EJ1041914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Learning about the Weather through an Integrated STEM Approach
Serin, Gokhan
Primary Science, n132 p28-30 Mar 2014
Introducing concepts through an integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) approach can promote interest and motivation (Bennett, Lubben and Hogarth, 2007; Bybee, 2010). However, implementing such an approach effectively in a classroom setting, with relevant links, is a challenging task. Some concepts lend themselves more to the STEM framework than others, so it is important to determine those situations that work best, without making forced links, in order to develop a quality STEM-based lesson. One important aspect of daily life that fits extremely well into an integrated STEM approach is weather. This context allows science (formation of weather events), technology (technological tools used in weather forecasting), engineering (meteorological engineering), and mathematics (creating data tables and drawing graphs) to be easily integrated and has been successfully used with fourth-grade students (10-year-olds) in a public elementary school in Turkey. In this article Assistant Professor Gokhan Serin describes the STEM-based lesson plan and concludes that using the weather as a focus provides an authentic task that yields an amazing lesson for students. The students engaged with data from their environment and had a chance to use their scientific process skills in a context that provided purpose.
Association for Science Education. College Lane Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AA, UK. Tel: +44-1-707-283000; Fax: +44-1-707-266532; e-mail: info@ase.org.uk; Web site: http://www.ase.org.uk
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey