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
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.