About the UVU School of Education Creative Learning Studio:

The purpose of the Creative Learning Studio is to support pre-service and in-service teachers' facilitation of STEM integrative practices in K-12 classrooms in an effort to promote equality and opportunity for every student in the state of Utah.

How does the Creative Learning Studio support STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but STEM is about much more than just learning these subjects. STEM represents ways of thinking about learning and problems that benefit all children, even if they don't want to group up to be scientists.

However, we also believe that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue education and a career in STEM fields, and this is not currently a reality. This is why we are so passionate about sharing STEM and integrative practices with all teachers and students. Yes, STEM careers are in high demand and people with STEM careers make more money than those in many other fields, but to us it's all about ensuring that every child — no matter where they live, how much money they have, how much education their parents have, the color of their skin, or the languages they speak — gets to experience STEM in a way that is meaningful and motivating.

We also believe that STEM should not replace subjects such as language arts, social studies, or the visual and performing arts. Rather, there is tremendous potential to integrate STEM with these subjects using transformative pedagogies to help students develop those powerful STEM thinking skills while seeing how STEM can allow them to better express themselves, understand the past, and contribute to the world.

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Integrative Practices

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These integrative practices include interdisciplinary approaches to:

  • STEM fields
  • Educational technology
  • Robotics
  • Computer Science
  • Transformative pedagogies
  • Project-based learning
  • Authentic assessment

Goals

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These integrative practices include interdisciplinary approaches to:

  • Increase pre- and in-service teachers' awareness of integrative practices
  • Increase per- and in-service teachers' self-efficacy in and attitudes toward integrative practices, particularly with regard to the use of technology, robotics, and coding across the curriculum
  • Increase K-12 students' exposure to technology, robotics, and coding.
  • Increase K-12 students' self-efficacies in and attitudes toward STEM subjects, technology, robotics, and coding.

Functions

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Our functions include:

  • Pre-service teacher training
  • Teacher professional development
  • K-12 classroom outreach
  • Development and compilation of integrative K-12 curriculum
  • Product testing and recommendations
  • Presenting at local and regional conferences
  • Research on the impact of our work

Lending Library

The Lending Library is a resource for educators to borrow technology, equipment, tools, and kits to fully engage students in STEM learning.

Innovate your lesson plan with a unique hands-on experience in programming, robotics, engineering and more!

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