FAQ

 

What is the Dayton Regional STEM Center?

The Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) was started in 2007.  It subsists on grant funding, financial contributions and the support of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center.  The purpose of the DRSC is to provide preK-12 educators with on-going professional development opportunities in STEM education and generate high quality STEM curriculum.  This organization has been established to support private, parochial, charter and public educators.  The goal is that transforming teacher understanding and thereby classroom experiences through high quality, inquiry based STEM learning experiences will aid in the national need for a future workforce of STEM professionals.  Teacher training and curriculum efforts rely on the Dayton region STEM community for funding, volunteers, STEM career knowledge and inspiration for our national efforts.

What is a STEM Fellow?

STEM Fellows are professionals who actively participate in the Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) program.  These professionals have undergone training in regards to the STEM Education Quality Framework and participate in DRSC curriculum generation meetings and DRSC community events.  There are numerous types of STEM Fellows including:

STEM Educator Fellows (Lead, Senior, and First Year)

STEM Industry Fellows

STEM Higher Ed Fellows

STEM Ambassadors (retired Fellows who still support DRSC activities and curriculum piloting)

How do I become a STEM Fellow?

STEM Educator Fellow applications are available in February of every year.  The application process includes an interview and professional recommendations.  Availability of positions is dependent on grant funding.

Eligibility requirements:

Licensed pK-12 educator

Practicing educator

Ability to incorporate STEM curriculum into the classroom

How does the DRSC support national STEM efforts

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The Dayton Regional STEM Center believes that quality STEM education requires the incorporation of specific components these components are outlined in the STEM Education Quality Framework.

What is the STEM Education Quality Framework?

The STEM Education Quality Framework is a nationally recognized tool for supporting on-going communication between and among STEM stakeholders by creating a common framework for conceptualizing, and a common language for communicating about STEM teaching and learning. In this capacity it can support educational leaders in making informed decisions about the allocation of resources, especially with regard to the planning and delivery of professional development. Finally, at the micro-level, the framework and rubrics can guide teachers in designing quality STEM learning experiences and provide a valuable tool for reflection and self-assessment. Perhaps most importantly, it can serve as the common ground where both teachers and STEM professionals can anchor their collaborative work as they endeavor to build the bridges from classrooms to STEM careers.

Is the Dayton Regional STEM Center the same as the Dayton Regional STEM School?

No, the Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) is not the same as the Dayton Regional STEM School.  The DRSC’s purpose is to support teacher professional development that impacts students in all learning communities.  This model has supported over 100 school districts impacting over 100,000 students in the form of teacher professional development, STEM Education Quality Framework training and classroom curriculum incorporation.

What is the relationship between the MCESC and the DRSC?

The Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC) is a largely grant funded division of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC).  It should be noted that the DRSC supports schools, districts and entities outside of the MCESC’s region.

Why is STEM Education important?

As a nation our students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science, thereby putting our position in the global economy at risk.  Our economy functions largely on our ability to innovate.  Our future workforce must be able to not only utilize math and science knowledge but also to synthesize this information in a collaborative and innovative way that can inform and lead the global economy.  Our training and curriculum efforts strive to foster rich student learning experiences that challenge diverse learners to apply academic skills in a manner that fosters creativity, collaboration, STEM career awareness, application and synthesis of knowledge in an inquiry based setting.

What is the difference between STEM education and quality science and math education?

The Dayton Regional STEM Center bases their criteria for STEM education on the STEM Education Quality Framework.  As a nation we have a wealth of high-quality science and math educators that teach in an engaging and effective manner based on historical standards of professional teacher success.  However, our nation is still facing a national shortage of STEM professionals.  We believe that through empowering and educating our teachers we can better prepare our future workforce!  The DRSC believes that STEM education is the evolution of teaching 19th century skills (reading, writing, arithmetic, science) in a 21st century setting (collaborative, technologically rich, integrated, innovative, practical applications).