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Students Practicing Problem-Based Learning in STEM Programs 

Problem-based learning (PBL) can be defined by certain characteristics: The learning is driven by open-ended problems with no right answer. The problems are context-specific. Students work as self-directed problem solvers in small groups. Key problem is identified and a solution is agreed upon and implemented. The instructor plays the role of a facilitator of learning, guiding the process and […]

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Cultivating STEM Interest Among Girls

One of the great rewards of working in education is finding students who are passionate about their chosen careers. Alaina Rowitsch is one such student. Through the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education (MIJTED), she is an Applied Pre-Engineering student in Yavapai College’s Career and Technical Education (CTEC) program. Alaina is pursuing her Associate of Applied […]

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Growing STEM Careers in Today’s Economy

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the economy is concentrated on STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM occupations growth are projected to grow faster than average for all occupations tracked by the BLS. In fact, the growth is more than 9 million before 2022. The U. S. Department […]

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Understanding the Importance of STEM Pathways in Today’s Job Market                

It can be easily argued that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) pathways started almost 60 years ago with the launch of Sputnik that inspired generations of innovation in technology and engineering in the United States. Every president, from President Eisenhower to President Obama, has endorsed the need for STEM education for the U.S. to […]

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National Science Foundation Supporting STEM Programs

When opportunity knocks, what do you do? You answer it, of course. Well, opportunity is knocking in the form of a National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) grant awarded to Yavapai College’s Career and Technical Education Campus (CTEC) programs. The NSF grant will help fund internship programs for 10 students actively enrolled […]

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Defining STEM Education, Careers

Are you looking for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious career? If so, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM+A, which includes Art) are technical careers that should be your area of focus and research. A quick search on the Internet yielded more than 85,000,000 links for STEM careers. STEM education is important because students in our classrooms […]

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