BRINGING STEM TO LIFE: Essentials for Elementary STEM Education: Equity in Elementary STEM: EQUITY AND FAIRNESS.
Continuing with this month's theme of equity, I also want to share some exciting updates we will have for next year's journal, A new recurring feature will offer strategies for differentiating instruction in elementary STEM. This wonderful idea came from current undergraduate students who mentioned the lack of quality differentiation resources. We hope this new feature helps to fill that gap. We will also offer a new section on coding. More groups and organizations are emphasizing the importance of coding, but elementary aged children can be overlooked. The Elementary STEM Journal is positioning itself to fill this void.
Finally, we will have a new section next year titled "Theory into Practice." Its purpose is to expand readers' access to timely research on important topics in elementary STEM education. These articles will all be peer-reviewed and will be longer than our current articles. We hope this new feature will become a source of discovery, validation, and dissemination of highly effective practices and tools in elementary STEM education.
As we transition into summer, I also encourage you to begin thinking about ways to share your expertise in elementary STEM. Next year's ITEEA Conference will be in Baltimore, and applications to present are now open! No matter if you're a seasoned presenter or thinking of submitting your first proposal to present, the conference is always a great time to catch up with other STEM educators and learn about new programs, projects, and practices. The Elementary STEM Council's 2nd Annual Global Design Challenge was also recently announced! After a very competitive first year, we hope to have even more entries in the second challenge. Full information is available on page 6.
We hope you have a great summer and look forward to sharing more great elementary STEM ideas with you next year!
Thomas Roberts is co-field editor of The Elementary STEM Journal and a teacher educator and researcher at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.