STEM Workshop

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Grades 6–12

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  • Why?

    Easy to Integrate

    Since STEM Workshop is a supplement, you can easily integrate it into existing math and science courses or use it standalone in STEM-specific courses.

    Aligned to Current Standards

    STEM Workshop was built specifically to address both the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Frameworks.

    Adaptable for Diverse Needs

    STEM Workshop is flexible so it meets the needs of a variety of students, teachers, and classrooms. It offers an assortment of learning activities with different levels of structure, fitting anyone’s style with activities ranging from more traditional worksheets to open-ended video-based projects.

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      Watch the sample of one of our Video-based Projects to see how user-friendly and engaging.

      Sample STEM Workshop now. Follow this link to request a free STEM Lab to try in your classroom!

    • National Crisis
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      It's Not Just a Trend.

      An alarming drop in proficiency among U.S. students in the STEM fields and a decline in science, technology, engineering and math graduates puts the U.S. at a disadvantage in the global economy. It also puts students at a disadvantage in the 21st-century career market!

      Did You Know?

      • Grade 4 students in Hong Kong, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, England, and Latvia outscored their U.S. peers in mathematics proficiency.
      • Grade 8 students in Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, England, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and the Russian Federation outscored their U.S. peers in science.
      • In 2010, only about 5% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees are in engineering, compared to 20% total in Asia and around 33% in China.
      • In 2001, there were more than 4 million 9th graders. Four years later, 2.8 million graduated and 1.9 million went on to a two- or four-year college; only 1.3 million were actually prepared for college work. Fewer than 300,000 are majoring in STEM fields and only about 167,000 are expected to be STEM college graduates by 2011
      • 2008 marked a 20% drop in U.S. students completing degrees in computer-related fields. This represents the lowest number of students enrolling in these types of programs since 1998.5
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      It's About Developing Creative, Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers

      More than simply the sum of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM is an integrated approach to learning that spans grades K–12 and beyond. Quality STEM education equips students not only with the vital knowledge necessary to succeed in our technology-driven world, but promotes creative problem-solving skills and collaboration through inquiry-driven challenges. STEM focuses on real-world problem-solving and features career connections that emphasize diversity.

    • Innovative, Inquiry-Based Content

      It’s About STEM Educational Practices

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      As companies continue to outsource jobs in technology because of a lack of U.S. citizens with STEM skills, we’re experiencing a decline in our ability to compete on a global level. Industries like aerospace that employ only U.S. citizens are especially vulnerable, as they face a growing shortage of candidates to fill critical roles.

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a worldwide leader in educational publishing with more than 175 years of experience and innovation in content, understands the critical need for instructional materials aligned with STEM educational practices. Our science, technology, engineering, and math programs help students acquire the vital knowledge required for future success in STEM fields of study through rigorous content and opportunities for creative problem-solving and real-world application and practice.

    • Grants and Funding
      STEM, Grants and Funding

      What Would You Do with $40M Dollars?

      With our strategic assistance, the STEM possibilities are endless.

      The Center for Grants and Funding Research is staffed by funding professionals who will help your school district access alternative financial resources to put your customized plan into action. Our team has extensive insight into funding issues, has vast experience in navigating grants, and connects with a variety of government and foundation sources to support the needs of districts, including:

      • Federal and state grants to support instructional programs and change
      • Foundation grants to support teacher creativity
      • Web-based grant resources

      Led by career educators having held leadership positions at the campus, district, and state levels in the areas of school reform, curriculum and instruction, professional development, federal programs, and grant initiatives, the Center for Grants and Funding Research is responsible for helping educators secure millions of dollars for curricula and instructional professional development every year.

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  • Features

    Fixing the STEM Pipeline isn’t Just an Education Challenge.

    It’s everyone’s challenge. That’s why Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alliance Initiative is forging partnerships with district leaders, private corporations, public institutions, and leaders in the scientific community to integrate STEM programs in our schools. Our STEM Solutions offer all the components necessary to develop a sustainable program in your district:

    • Engaging, inquiry-based content
    • Customizable professional services and development
    • Assessment data, analysis, and state-of-the-art delivery

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    • STEM Workshop for Middle School
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      6 STEM Lessons

      Highly structured learning experiences that help students identify the STEM that exists in the world around them and provide them with core STEM content knowledge. STEM lessons cover the Engineering Design Process (EDP), Systems, Engineering and Life Science, Methods of Analysis, Materials and Tools, and Engineering and Our World.

      18 STEM Projects

      Slightly less structured, paper and pencil activities that utilize the early steps of the EDP by posing real-world design challenges.

      23 STEM Labs

      Open-ended, hands-on experiences where students use common materials to experiment with every step of the EDP.

      10 Video-based Projects

      Virtual field trips led by esteemed science author Michael DiSpezio take students into actual organizations and businesses to see STEM at work solving real-world issues. Learners also get to see first-hand what STEM careers are like and apply what they've learned to try and devise their own solutions for real-world problems.

    • STEM Workshop for High School
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      30 STEM Labs

      10 each in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, incorporate real-world challenges like cleaning up an oil spill or preventing the outbreak of a deadly disease.

    • Services and Training
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      Instituting New Initiatives with Leadership

      Solutions for supporting leaders and teachers implementing STEM initiatives.

      At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we recognize that one key to STEM success is equipping teachers with knowledge and instructional techniques to inspire aspiring engineers and scientists. To that end, our professional development experts partner with administrators and educators to build infrastructures that reinforce and encourage accountability and forward progress toward implementing district-wide K-12 STEM initiatives.

      Get Certified in STEM

      Build STEM Capacity and Leadership

      Changing teacher practice is the key to enhancing student performance and interest in STEM. The Endeavor Online STEM Certificate Program provides the comprehensive training educators need to effectively teach STEM content and integrate strategies within the curriculum. Endeavor graduates become STEM champions in their schools and districts, leading efforts for STEM education and enacting change in their classrooms.

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      HMH Professional Services

      HMH Professional Services offers additional programs and services above and beyond what is included with your STEM Workshop program.

    • Assessment and Data-Driven Intervention

      Data-Driven Instruction Just Got Easier.

      Effective use of data—from the point of generating assessment content through the decisions that inform individualized instruction—is a more vital directive for your district than ever before. The proven platforms from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provide solutions for all your management needs including monitoring progress and managing curriculum.

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      It’s about Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Strengths, and Measuring Progress

      Effective use of data—from the point of generating assessment content through the decisions that inform individualized instruction—is a more vital directive for your district than ever before. The proven platforms from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provide solutions for all your management needs including monitoring progress and managing curriculum.

      Your district can track students' progress from the time they enter your schools until they graduate, informing individualized instruction and successful progress as students advance through the STEM pipeline during their academic careers.

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      Accurate information is the starting point for exceptional results. Assess2Know® makes it possible for districts to easily generate reliable, classroom-based formative assessments. The item bank and interim benchmark forms measure mastery of learning objectives along with state and Common Core Standards.

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      DataDirector™ is an innovative online data and assessment management system that puts a fast, powerful, and easy-to-use decision-support system in the hands of public and private school educators.

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      The Edusoft® Assessment Management System is a standards-based assessment solution that makes it easy for districts to collect, analyze and act on student performance data to improve classroom instruction and student performance.

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      Learning Village

      Learning Village™ provides the ability to inform instructional decisions by aligning data directly to high-quality curriculum content with Common Core Standards correlation reports.

  • HMH Professional Services

    Our Mission Is to Advance Yours

    HMH Professional Services forges student-centered partnerships with schools and districts in the belief that all learners deserve a quality education and the opportunity for lifelong success.

    HMH Professional Services includes teachers, leaders, and technologists. Our Professional Learning Consultants become part of your team, working right beside you to build and implement professional learning plans that respect the unique needs and culture of your school or district community. Through program, practice, and technical services, we work collaboratively to unlock the full potential of every student, teacher, and leader.

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