and outdoor curricula. The STEM center should
allow easy access for children and welcome their
involvement. If the center is located in a dark
corner of the classroom, children may be less
likely to explore it.
This chapter describes twenty STEM learning
centers to guide teachers in integrating science,
mathematics, technology, and engineering. Each
of the following subcategories are a focus of five
centers: physics, life science, earth science, and
mathematics (algebra, geometry, number and
operations, measurement, and data analysis).
Each center integrates learning objectives from
at least one other STEM discipline, and often two
or three. Learning through inquiry is the major
goal of each center and is therefore highlighted
in each description. Related background infor-
mation for teachers in science and mathematics
is also included.
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