Student portfolios can help teachers, students, parents, and administrators recognize the value of a STEM program, and they can be a tool for identifying areas of challenge and growth beyond the subjects that are traditionally graded. As your students maintain their own portfolios, they’ll continually reflect on their STEM work and set related goals. You’ll empower them to take ownership of their own learning and help them to foster a growth mindset related to STEM content areas and 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, inquiry thinking, and problem solving.
As I’ve learned more about STEM education, I’ve developed a better understanding of the nuances of many related terms, and I thought it might be helpful to make a list here! I'm also sharing a free engineering design process poster set.