STEM: Be the Light!

Your chance to light up the world! 2021 - 2022

K-12 STEM Opportunity

Join us for the "Be the Light" Stem Launch! Teachers will be introduced to the design thinking process, how to integrate into your classroom, and how to engage students in designing a solution to an authentic problem in the school or community. Students will learn about the design process that results in a product or prototype for April STEMfest! We will connect our learning to the NDE STEM approach and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Please Note: Limited availability! Each building in your district can send 2-5 cross-curricular elementary educators and up to 10 secondary students and 10 Elementary students. If you register, we are expecting that your educator team and representative group of students will participate in the entire series. Elementary and secondary Be the Light: Stem Launch workshop will take place on the same day, but each school building is limited to 10 students per building (i.e. 10 elementary students, 10 secondary students). This ODIE registration is for teachers only; a separate registration will be emailed to add students.

Participation in the "Be the Light" STEM series will include STEMfest on April 27, 2022 (separate registration and fee) as well as a virtual check in with ESU 10 between Feb-Mar 2022. STEMfest is a culminating event where students will present the process and products/prototype student groups created to design a solution to an authentic problem.

Discovery Hall at UNK

I am excited to announce we will be partnering with the STEM education building, Discovery Hall, at UNK. All students and educators will get to participate in a guided tour, a message from the Dean, and experience the college and career opportunities in the STEM field.
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What is a team?

A team of students can be made up of students in any grades K-12. These teams can consist of an individual working alone, a small group, or even a whole class or after school program working together.

Design Thinking - The Launch Cycle

The LAUNCH Cycle provides a creative process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level … even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative teacher.” And if you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower your students to change the world—starting right now! -- John Spencer

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 global goals that have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone. What can our students design to help?

T&L Department Contacts

Lead Contact: Dianah Steinbrink

Other Facilitators: Jason Everett, Sarah Essay