Why STEM and PBL? Well, you have the usual answers of....it is engaging for students, makes real world connections, builds collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity, creates opportunities for career exploration, and expands across the curriculum. But we, as STEM experts, must continue to refine and define our definition as we share these dispositions across the world. I found that out this week as I worked in Alabama. I can say the same things that I know are true- but I have to constantly keep improving my knowledge and expanding my connections to make it real for teachers and educators. This week we made connections to the Indian Town Mound of Northern Alabama, Auburn University's engineering department, Wells Fargo, and local agriculture agencies. These connections (organized by the teachers) will make learning come alive for students in Phenix City. Students will be publishing books based on Solids, Liquids, and Gases; creating budgets, writing resumes, and applying for jobs; exploring the field of electricity as they build doorbells and security systems; designing multi-media projects based on the study of Indians from Alabama; integrating space and history in the middle school; and creating habitats and studying the life of plants and aquaponics. THAT is STEM and PBL- It's not WHAT we do but WHY we do it. (Thanks Robert Corbin for sharing this video with me) Keep an eye out for Phenix City- they are fired up to change the world, one student at a time!