Empowered STEM is an educator professional development model that helps educators create classrooms where students tackle the big challenges facing their world while engaging in deeper learning. To create Empowered STEM we have drawn the best from several educational approaches to develop an approach that every educator can use.
Empowered STEM builds on the foundation of project-based learning, incorporates the latest research in STEM education, and leverages the student-led activism of action civics. Empowered STEM provides educators a framework for their PBL that makes creating exciting and engaging projects easy.
Empowered STEM uses Earth Force’s award winning Community Action and Problem-Solving Process (CAPS) to transform classrooms into engaged learning environments where young people are excited to apply what they have learned to improve their communities.
By tackling the challenges facing their communities students learn the very real lessons they need to succeed in college, in the workforce, and as members of the community.
Educators are using their Empowered STEM professional development to engage their students in a range of local issues including:
- Educational Equity
- Student Dress Codes
- Guns on School Yards
- Economic Inequality
- School Nutrition
- Local Water Quality
- Urban Food Access
- Use of Genetically Modified Organisms