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STEM Education Research

Several graduate students in the School of Education presented their research on teaching science, technology, engineering and math to elementary school children, including students with special needs.

The students, who graduated earlier this month from the Master of Arts in STEM education program, conducted the research as part of their theses. The presentations were made at the biannual STEM MA Poster Session at Hagedorn Hall. Students were challenged to develop a math or science unit for elementary students to solve problems using the engineering design process.

“Our MA program is the only one of its kind on Long Island in which elementary teachers focus on STEM,” said Dr. Amy Catalano, the director of Hofstra’s STEM education program. “Integrating engineering design into the science and math curriculum is one of the hallmarks of the new NY State Science Learning Standards. Hofstra’s STEM education program strives to stay ahead of the curve emphasizing practical, hands-on teaching and promoting the fact that STEM is for all!”

The students’ topics included engaging young children and students with special needs, teaching angles through movement to students with math difficulties, modeling renewable energy sources, and coding.

The presenters were:

Mike King

Katelyn Haggerty

Nicole Sobey,

Nicole Hamelberg

Taylor Malings

Tyler Kaufman

Emma Vaccaro

Sara Pollack

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