Spring and STEMs Are Busting Out All Over! RE@L's New Middle School STEM Software Is Ready to Spring, Too!


     RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYKNo buds on the trees up here on the frozen tundra just yet, and no flowers, either. 

But we did spot a robin yesterday, so we are grabbing the icicles by roots and declaring spring is just around the corner.

Unknown-3     In fact its a couple weeks away on March 20. So, we’re jumping ahead of the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s seeing his shadow and saying:

    “Spring is here, and so are more and more STEM stories to tell, including our own.” 


     Our new middle-school Water Quality Investigations™ is one of those STEM software products worth watching for and talking about. Middle-school students will soon be testing water purity from running streams wherever they are. Here’s where lasting learning happens: in the classroom AND in the field!

And if the field or stream isn’t available, for whatever reasons, virtual reality and our RE@L-Time™ Portal will bring it to the students and teachers. Stay tuned to RE@L!

K12 STEM stories are emerging everywhere on the internet these days. Co-Editor Dale opened his email last week and found a STEM-resource-rich website, STEMDaily®,  for those of us who are following the amazing growth of STEM in K12 EdTech learning.

Unknown-1STEMdaily®, a website linked to their parent STEMConnect®, provides a listing of activities pertinent to all STEM topics. It’s a mother-lode of resources for all things STEM-connected. We’ve been reading a lot of useful stories and tips in these publications lately. Both sites have been worth our following.

Betsy DeVos

We noted in their reports that, even with the changes in the administration this year, the Federal government continues to fund STEM projects. Furthermore, they remain supportive of K12 STEM issues. Combined with the continued interest and increasing involvement of the national business community in general, and the EdTech providers in particular, this all adds up to good news for K12 STEM!

Regrettably, RE@L has yet to find any reports on comprehensive K12 STEM projects or plans that address key concerns.  We continue to look for workable plans that promote systemic change.  We look for funded plans that recognize the need for teacher training.  This component is critical. Teachers must be trained to deliver this new and demanding curriculum.

 The call for systemic change across the massive K12 education system must recognize the teacher as the key to systemic change.  It’s imperative we as educators work closely with teacher training institutions from which teachers graduate and later receive professional development credits for accreditation.

What REAL Learning looks like to RE@LEffective and comprehensive use of appropriate K12 EdTech tools must be part of every STEM plan. Schools must quickly adapt to the changing technology being sold to schools. The ever-accelerating rate of change is putting increased pressure on our K12 system to purchase “new and better” technology tools. New and better teacher training is needed too. The latest and exciting push we’ve seen is to incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)  as the “new” technology in K12 curriculum.

STEM2It is imperative that the adoption of a STEM curriculum in our K12 schools must be connected to the real world of work and careersIn addition to a classroom experience, a “field” experience” is essential. Students must gain experience working with practitioners actively engaged in the world of work.

RE@L’s  classroom-to-the-real-world connection portal, RE@L View™ makes connecting students to active practitioners possible.  Additionally, students and teachers can use RE@L View™ to connect with with other classes using this new explorative tool.  This real-time connectivity broadens students understanding and appreciation of the STEM investigations. Comparisons of findings in their investigations bring a whole new dimension to learning that’s needed in careers today.

Here’s what RE@L is looking for in STEM software: to provide teachers, students and parents with a clear understanding of the new STEM curriculum and tools.  A key RE@L goal is comprehensive and appropriate STEM learning success for both girls and boys in K12. To achieve that:

  • We need to see a more terse and pithy vision, plans, reports and paradigms on what makes STEM work and lifelong learning happen. 
  • We want our school kids to see what it takes to find careers in the many of the STEM workplaces.

We need to help our students see that more STEM-team employees are needed than just engineers, scientists and researchers. We will soon need more technicians and support staff, both women and menThat’s why RE@L wants to see more girls and boys in STEM courses in school now.

Not all STEM careers require advanced math, science and engineering. But they do require knowing what it’s about.

UnknownWhat key software strategy can make this happen? Hint: It’s based on an old Chinese proverb that too many of us have forgotten:

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.” It’s the last part that’s key.

For all you STEM teachers and students, this is what the career market is looking for. RE@L wants students to note the many opportunities there are to learn more STEM concepts in school. It will enable them to consider  and prepare for the many vocational options open to them. So, make note and take advantage of these many opportunities!

STEMconnectorCheck this recent edition of STEMdaily. It’s well-worth following. Click on the STEMconnector® graphic to the right to their many STEM resources.

We remind our readers that RE@L is bringing new STEM software to market that fits perfectly with the goals of enriched and lasting learning.

Read about our 3-Bubble™ RE@L strategies that help make learning last:

STEM-circles1Classroom Learning

This first of the three-phased approach provides the teacher and students with the supplemental learning materials which support of the topic being studied.

Resource materials are also provided for student use as they learn about the specifics of the topics presented. RE@L employs the “RE@LTime” Learning approach in all the materials we provide. We believe that the training and implementation for both teachers and students should happen as close as possible to the time of the launch of the Classroom Learning phase of our RE@L Investigations.


Field Experience

The Field Experience phase of RE@L STEM Investigations focuses on extending the learning from the classroom to the “field,” where students can apply their learning, gather data, make inferences and create presentations used in the third phase of RE@L World Change.

Students use the tools provided and integrated into the RE@L Portal to gather data through print based documents, mobile devices and our Geographic Information System (GIS). These tools, used in business and industry, allow students to experience real world applications (click the link to learn more about RE@L STEM Investigations: Water Quality).


We believe one of the key tenets of STEM is that K-12 students be exposed to the motivation and broad requirements of new 21st century careers. Our kids don’t learn the way we did. They need new things and new ways to learn that go with the world they live in. The third of our 3-Bubble™ phase utilizes RE@LView™, an integrated video conferencing tool that supports students in the sharing of their findings with other classrooms and experts in the field wherever in the world they are. This phase allows students to see how their work can influence change in the world worldwide, all while exploring the careers that support RE@L-World Change.

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