RE@L'S STEM Spreads Its Roots! Our STEM Software Helps More Kids Learn More, Now And In The Future!

real hi res jpgYes, more is coming from RE@L! More apps and software to help more kids learn more! We don’t say that just to use “more” in the opening sentence 3 times! It’s RE@L-ly true!

Back in August, our Executive VP of STEM Investigations, Don Rawitsch, wrote a blog describing how essential careful Systemic Change is needed to make these visions turn into realities. Read an excerpt of what Don had to say back then:

STEMConsider, for example our coming-soon STEM Water Quality Investigations software. It provides, all in one, collaborative classroom research, analyzing and reporting. This is a comprehensive software system, including curriculum guides, learning plans, learning resources, and using the iPad as a study and field work tool. It provides all the help that teachers and students need to make hands-on, Project-Based Learning into a learning experience that kids will never forget. These instructional modules are designed around a sound and systemic process:

•   Help students discover and understand a problem in their community,

•   Show them how to collect, analyze, and interpret data using “in the field” techniques and technology applications,

•   Teach them how to professionally report on their findings and suggested solutions to authentic local audiences.” 

STEMfieldworkMore on the topic: Here’s a few more goodies on this soon to be released STEM software:

•   Electronic Portal Delivery of software and resources. You get all the resources directly from the internet.

•   Use of GIS mapping to precisely locate actual research sites. Students can research actual water quality issue locations.

•   The software connects the learner to the classroom, the field and to the world of RE@L learning. And never easier than it is now.

•   The school purchases a site license through an Educational Service Agency (ESA) and they are good to go. If extra help is needed, the ESA can often provide it.”

DaleRE@L002Our Chairman, Dale LaFrenz, adds a further observation: “We are also aiming for ways to get more kids aware of the real world of work, what jobs might interest them, how to find a suitable career!”

Career HashtagYes, STEM needs to show our kids what’s happening now and what’s coming.  We need to alert them to the many career opportunities that could open up to them as a result of their STEM study. Yes, we need more scientists, but we also need more knowledgable job seekers and career employees who can support and assist with the related scientifc research and development: research assistants, lab assistants, report writers, media producers, fundraisers, public relations helpers….the list goes on and on.

It’s absolutely imperative we help our kids find more than just a job….we need to help them find a satisfying career! We will need their new skills if our growth as a high-tech nation is to continue. Plus, we need to provide more job satisfaction for our workers…get them into a line of work they enjoy. Everyone benefits!

The future clearly holds great promise for exciting new breakthroughs in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. The education system cannot deliver on those promises unless our students today learn now what STEM is all about.  They must acquire the skills needed.  And, they must gain insight into the wide variety of rewarding careers awaiting them.  Connecting to professionals in the world of work is a critical dimension in the RE@L STEM model.   RE@L stands ready to help make it happen. Stay tuned to find out more details on what’s coming!

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.