Problem-Solving in the Community

Empowering Students to Take Action

Two Strands of Problem-Solving through STEM

Our Deep Play Group found connections between two different areas: understanding the natural world and addressing problems in the urban community. Both strands emphasize altering student self-perceptions to take action. A STEM approach can inform projects that link science, mathematics, language arts, social science, technology, and engineering.

Tune in April to hear more about our projects!

About Us - Daphne Moore

Daphne Moore is a Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Earle STEM Elementary School.

About Us - Oscar Newman

Oscar Newman is a 7th - 8th Grade Science and Algebra teacher at Chicago Academy Elementary School

About Us - Valia Thompson

Valia Thompson is a middle school science teacher at Earle STEM Elementary School.

Five Key Ideas from Problem-Solving Workshop

  1. Community is key
  2. Science is everywhere
  3. Innovation has no age
  4. Our world is formed by choices. We can make new ones.
  5. Think globally, act locally



Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder.

Ferguson, Ronald, and Dickens, William. Urban Problems and Community Development.

Gutstein, Eric, and Peterson, Bob. Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers.


Irwin, Alan. Constructing the Scientific Citizen: Science and Democracy in the Biosciences.

Silvertown, Jonathan. A New Dawn for Citizen Science.

Web Resources:

Deep Play Book Group Video

Project-Based Learning at High Tech High Video

Rethinking Schools: Web resources for teaching social justice.

Sci Starter: Lots of Citizen Science Projects

Who to Follow on Twitter:

  • @punyamishra
  • @vlthompson1
  • @newman_oscar
  • @DaphneJMoore2
  • @RethinkSchools
  • @CatalystChicago
  • @GoldenApple