walkSTEM is an initiative developed by Drs. Dhingra and Whitney. Dr. Whitney is the founder of the National Museum of Mathematics, the only math museum in the US, and serves as walkSTEM program advisor. He and Dr. Dhingra adapted his “math walks” which he designed in New York, Washington D.C, and other cities. These walks were fun experiences that highlighted real-world, inquiry-based connections to real world objects and spaces. At talkSTEM, we stay true to the spirit of exploration and wonder that comes from seeing the world around you through the lens of STEM. All our walks in the walkSTEM initiative are designed with the goal of growing STEM mindsets. By providing many examples of walkSTEM tours in a wide variety of settings and by inviting students of all backgrounds to share their STEM narratives about the spaces and activities they care about, we help foster STEM identities in children who may not always see themselves as STEM people.
walkSTEM tours are created by our team as well as the growing global walkSTEM community that all are invited to participate in. walkSTEM tours consist of in-person, live, guided tours, virtual tours facilitated by videos on the talkSTEM YouTube channel, or other formats such as signage, flyers, and more. We are completely open to using a wide range of formats to share STEM-focused tours. We particularly enjoy using short videos owing to their impact when it comes to sharing, engaging, and impacting. Both on-location videos showing the presenters as well as video presentations created on computers using software such as Premier, Adobe Spark, or other are desirable, whichever is conveniently produced by our community members. A key goal is the personalization of these videos so that the questions addressed are specific to the object, space, or activity shown and so that the voice of the creator is evident.
walkSTEM tours can be place-based (around specific neighborhoods or spaces), theme-based (around art, nature, architecture, geometry, early childhood math, and other themes), concept-based around specific topics such as computational thinking, data science, and other topics of interest to teachers or students, or activity-based (around cooking, sports, and other activities). In short, you can go on all sorts of walks with the goal of looking at the world through the lens of STEM!
We work closely with schools and provide standards-alignments to our walking tours that reinforce science, technology, engineering, and math concepts taught in K-12 classrooms. We share our videos on the talkSTEM YouTube Channel which is an open-access, online platform of short videos of walking tours. Each tour highlights key mathematical concepts taught in kindergarten through 12th grade and some include downloadable, standards-aligned educator guides and student worksheets to aid in student inquiry and active learning.
Every child is a STEM child, Every space is a STEM space
talkSTEM works hard to make unique and high quality STE(A)M educational content freely available to all children. We partner with such youth-serving organizations as Dallas ISD, Girls Inc, Imagine Science, and more. Every dollar you contribute goes directly to our educational programming and content creation that reaches under-resourced student populations. Please support us.Donate Now