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 are place-based explorations of any space ranging from school or college campuses, public spaces, parks, museums and zoos, and more. A walkSTEM tour can be shared or accessed in-person or virtually. walkSTEM tours include in-person, live, guided tours, virtual tours facilitated by videos on the talkSTEM YouTube channel, or other formats such as those involving signage, flyers, and more. We are completely open to using a wide range of formats to share STEM-focused tours. We now offer place-based, app-enabled walkSTEM tours that allow schools, cities, neighborhoods, museums, zoos and other spaces to transform their real world environments into points of interest that present opportunities to engage in inquiry-based STEM learning. This allows for low cost, convenient access of STEM learning opportunities everywhere. We are very excited about the tech tools that allow us to scale our work and address our vision that every child is a stem child and every space is a STEM space.
walkSTEM tours are place-based and personalized. There is tremendous flexibility in terms of the specific content within each tour. A walkSTEM tour can be 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! Educators are free to customize the content and change specifics based upon what topics, themes, or concepts they want to highlight at different points in time. Informal organizations can do the same. There is opportunity to infuse interesting stories and anecdotes in the content if desired so that the walking tour can humanize STEM and present the multidimensional nature of STEM.
We work closely with schools, colleges, teacher preparation programs, informal learning spaces, corporate campuses, and other organizations. We can provide standards alignment to our walking tours that reinforce science, technology, engineering, and math concepts taught in K-12 classrooms. We also provide professional development to all educators in school and out of school so they can use the walkSTEM platform and methods in their contexts with the goal of fostering STEM mindsets and identities in their students. We share our videos as well as those produced by our growing walkSTEM community on the talkSTEM YouTube Channel. You can take a virtual field trip by viewing playlists consisting of short videos of walking tours in different places and we also have other videos sharing free educator resources, video blogs from STEM ecosystem participants, etc. Many of our walkSTEM tours are also accessible on the talkSTEM channel on Belouga.org. Parents and educators can sign up freely to access video-based learning episodes on this platform that provides each student with a portal and makes it easy for teachers to utilize our place-based videos. Our website also provides freely downloadable, standards-aligned educator guides and student worksheets to aid in student inquiry and active learning here.
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