September 18 is National iSTEM Day! The new holiday, launched last year by our friends at the STEM Leadership Alliance, is a celebration of the advancement of STEM learning.
For students and educators, it’s a chance to explore real-world examples in hands-on STEM activities across different subject areas. For families, iSTEM day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of integrated STEM learning and practice these lessons at home.
National iSTEM Day was founded on three guiding principles for successful integrated STEM learning:• Integrated STEM involves a collaboration across all content areas of STEM.
• Integrated STEM must have real connections.
• Integrated STEM must be connected to real world examples.
In celebration, we’re giving away a free Engineering is Elementary Digital Storybook and corresponding Try It! Design Challenge Kit, for one lucky educator*! The storybooks are designed with young learners in mind, with engaging characters and colorful illustrations -- in addition to amazing and diverse science, technology, engineering themes. And, each individually packaged Try It! Kit includes all the materials needed for one child to complete a fun, mini design challenge, just like the character in the storybook!
The digital storybooks also serve as the foundation of our new Engineering and Computer Science Essentials: An Integrated Program for grades 1-5. This innovative program brings together science, engineering and computer science practices to build real world problem-solving skills and promote access, equity, and STEM excellence through fun and engaging lessons.
We’d love to know how you celebrate National iSTEM day at home and in your classrooms, whether in person or remote! For a chance to win your very own digital storybook and Try It! Kit, leave a comment down below with your favorite hands-on STEM activity or tag us on Twitter @EiE_org with one reason you’re celebrating iSTEM day using #EiEiSTEM -- or do both for a bonus entry! We’ll contact the winner on September 18!
We hope you have a very happy National iSTEM Day - don’t forget to comment below or tag us @EiE_org on Twitter with your iSTEM day activities for your chance to win a digital STEM storybook and Try It! Kit! Or, you can use the hashtag #EiEiSTEM for a chance to be featured on our social media!