Posted on April 19, 2018 by Festo Didactic on Insights, Uncategorized

STEM Curricula and Lesson Plans Designed for Future Career Success

There are many factors that determine if STEM curricula and lesson plans are successful or not. Essential considerations for effective STEM content delivery include an integrative approach that combines active learning, collaboration, reading, writing, and finding solutions to real-world problems. But that list doesn’t even cover other important pedagogical aspects such as adherence to national […]

Posted on March 19, 2018 by Festo Didactic on Insights

“Classroom of the Future”: The Benefits for STEM Learning and Instruction

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “classroom of the future” before. It may immediately bring to mind an image of an elaborately set-up room, with advanced technological features and laboratory-style furniture. While the physical aspects and features of classrooms are progressing and are certainly significant, equally important are the pedagogical benefits that future classroom design can […]

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Festo Didactic on Insights

Perception of Advanced Manufacturing and Closing the Skills Gap

An important issue that has had major implications in manufacturing is its public perception. In the past, manufacturing has suffered from being viewed as “dirty and unsafe” with “little or no skill” required to perform manufacturing jobs (Rosendin and Gielcyzk). Since then, perception of manufacturing in the United States has improved, but it has also […]

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Festo Didactic on Insights

Diversity in STEM: Eliminating the Gender Disparity

Women are still outnumbered by men in engineering, mathematics, and science fields. We say “still” because there have been efforts for years to eliminate this disparity and get more women working in STEM fields. Certain obstacles have stood in the way, including misconceptions such as “men are innately better suited to STEM fields” and other […]

Posted on December 22, 2017 by Festo Didactic on Insights

Improving Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills through STEM Education

The importance of critical thinking and problem-solving skills is apparent almost everywhere. No matter the industry or occupation, the ability to think critically and solve problems is vital to professional success. And this doesn’t just apply to the professional realm; these skills are often useful in dealing with everyday situations. With critical thinking being important […]

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Festo Didactic on Insights

The Importance of Early Exposure to Integrative STEM Education

Inspire and prepare. These words describe what teachers strive for every day. It’s why more and more educators see the importance of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). If taught in an integrative fashion, these subjects help prepare students for the ever-changing technological world around them, develop 21st century and problem-solving skills critical to […]