STEM Education

STEM Education & fischertechnik

These days it seems everywhere you turn, people are talking about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education, and the reason for this is simple. Demand for scientists and engineers is expected to grow at a rate far exceeding any other occupational field, while at the same time fewer and fewer students are pursuing careers in these areas, and when they are,  they are often not performing at a sufficient level of academic achievement to be successful.

The fact is, in order to adequately prepare our students to make a real contribution to the world, and to be able to truly succeed and lead in the modern workforce, we must provide them with a comprehensive STEM education. And according to the ACT Educational Planning & Assessment System (ACT EPAS)  “students most likely to major in STEM fields in college (and persist to earn their degrees) are those who
develop interest in STEM careers  through early career planning and take challenging classes that prepare them for college-level science and math coursework.”1

STEM and fischertechnik
The two aspects of the STEM education equation that have most often been overlooked in our schools are the “T” and the “E”--technology and engineering.  According to Greg Pearson, a program officer with the National Academy of Engineering, ” the T and especially the E are really just left out of the discussion in policy, education, and classroom practice.”2

To help close this gap, you need materials that allow you to provide students with an engaging, hands-on introduction to technology and essential STEM related concepts.

You need fischertechnik.

fischertechnik is a flexible construction system which combines curriculum with products to provide the most innovative STEM education available.  These unique components and kits allow a multitude of systems and system models to be created by slotting precision-engineered parts together.



STEM related topics addressed by fischertechnik:
Here are just a few of the topics your students can explore and learn about with fischertechnik:

    Mechanics--gears, pulleys, and electrical motors.

    Statics--stability, struts and braces. 

    Pneumatics--making things move with air, the relationship between force and pressure

    Renewable Energies--the production, storage and use of electrical energy and the regenerative energies from wind, water and the sun.

    Electrical Technology--electrical circuits and electromechanical controls; circuit, series and parallel connection.
          

    Robotics (aka Mechatronics and Computer Science) -- design machines and robot models,
  then use graphic software to program and control their actions.

Each fischertechnik educational set includes full color assembly instructions as well as a multi-language, black and white activity booklet with thematically related tasks and topics that can be covered in class and discussed. Additional worksheets can even be downloaded right from the fischertechnik web site.

Who uses fischertechnik?

    --high schools, colleges and universities worldwide who teach STEM concepts.

    --The Project Lead The Way Program (PLTW) which provides students in over 3500 US schools with a rigorous and relevant STEM education.

    --Major corporations for vocational training, as well as for modeling and industrial simulations.


If you are an educator and would like to know more about using fischertechnik in your classroom, please email us at “info@fischertechnik.biz”.  Just let us know your name, position, your email address and/or phone number, the school you work with and what state or province you are in, and we will have a fischertechnik educational representative contact you directly.

    Footnotes:
    1- STEM Education Coalition K-12 STEM Ed Report Card, 2008 (
www.stemedcoalition.org)
    2- Laura Devaney, Momentum Building on STEM Education, eSchool News, August 14th, 2009



How does your state measure up in STEM Ed?

Find out now by visiting the ASTRA (Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America) website at http://www.aboutastra.org/toolkit/state.asp  to download a FREE copy of your state’s “K-12 STEM ED Report Card”