Like other subject areas, STEM instruction undoubtedly looked very different this school year. From virtual teaching to new safety protocols if students returned to science labs, students and educators alike had to make adjustments.
With summer approaching, now is an opportune time for administrators and science department leaders to work collaboratively with educators to examine what worked and what didn’t, to close the year out safely and on a high note, and to start to envision what STEM instruction will look like in the fall.
Below are three STEM-related action items that should be prioritized during this time.
Secure science classrooms and labs. As the school year draws to a close, making sure all science classrooms and labs are safely secure for the summer months, when they likely won’t be utilized or utilized heavily, is extremely important.
This should include, but not be limited to, conducting a chemical inventory and making sure all chemicals are labeled and stored properly; removing any chemical wastes; covering all microscopes or classroom technology to avoid dust accumulation; unplugging all devices or electronics; and inspecting all hardware to see if any needs to be replaced.