We invite you to join our newest movement, #STEMLens – a fun, engaging, STEM education challenge designed to get us all to share our unique STEM mindsets with each other on social media. #STEMLens invites students of all ages, educators and parents to notice what’s around them and to practice looking at the real world through their STEM lens. We do not expect you to solve algebraic equations, make detailed calculations, or even have a formal STEM background to join the movement. Of course, if you are inspired to make connections to your formal learning experiences, we’d love to see!
To participate, simply take a picture or a short video of an object/structure in the built or natural environments that sparked curiosity for you. Next, add your observation or question as a simple caption, and tag us when you post on facebook at @talkstem and on instagram at @talkingSTEM. For photographers out there, capture some beautiful images and share with us, together with your STEM mindset.
Here are the simple steps for you to take part in the #STEMLens movement:
- Notice a real world object in your environment and take a good photo. Examples include an artwork, a plant, an architectural element, a pattern, a natural phenomenon.
- Observe the object or phenomenon. Allow your questions and observations to run in your mind. Select one or two of these that you find most interesting.
- Mark up your image on your smartphone so that viewers can easily see what you see. Examples are shown below. Add your question/observation.
- Share on social media. Use #STEMLens and tag us: facebook @talkSTEM twitter/instagram @talkingSTEM
Founder Dr. Dhingra found her own #STEMlens when watching her dog, Pi, wagging her tail.
The goal is to have these learning moments in your own backyard, without having to be in a specific STEM venue. At talkSTEM, we believe every child is a STEM child and every space is a STEM space. We encourage all students, families, and educators to see the world through a STEM lens. #STEMlens also provides the opportunity to introduce STEM into your young student’s lives to foster a STEM mindset. The following images are examples of talkSTEM team member #STEMlens submissions.
We hope to start a collection of STEM observations from diverse perspectives, outside of the STEM classroom. Teachers, Parents, students of all ages – please share your photos anywhere you are. Parks, neighborhoods, shopping malls, school campuses, museums, zoos, and all other out of school learning spaces, let’s all share what we see with each other. We invite you to look at your world with a STEM lens, and have fun! All you need is your smartphone and your mind! We can’t wait to see what you see!
More examples of recent #STEMLens submissions: