LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, you should be able to: • Recognize the need for STEM-infusion and why STEM is critical to children’s growth • Recall learning approaches for integrating STEM concepts • Identify how to integrate content areas that provide both rigor and relevance to instruction • Describe how student collaboration and proper leadership help to foster learning DESCRIPTION: Are you looking for new ways to foster communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills for your students? Are you interested in STEM concepts but aren’t sure how to incorporate them into your elementary classroom? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math which are all vital content areas for knowledge and development. Our STEM in the Elementary Classroom course will introduce you to STEM-infusion concepts and discuss why these concepts are important for children’s overall growth and development. Sample lesson plans, lesson plan templates, and STEM challenge ideas help to jump start brainstorming activities for integrating STEM into your classroom. We’ll also discuss ideas that support ways to engage other teachers, parents, and administrators.