The STEM Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE) program was only offered in 2015.
Successful STEM RLEs bring a greater awareness of STEM proficiency skills such as data visualization, experimental design, engineering design, and problem solving to teachers and students. They also create an understanding of the characteristics needed for personal growth and development in STEM fields by advancing students' self-regulated learning.
2015 STEM RLE Awardees
Dubuque Community School District, Dubuque
Dubuque Community School District's STEM RLE model will partner with local businesses, including John Deere Dubuque Works, IIW Engineers & Surveyors PC, and more, to redesign two classrooms—one at Dubuque Senior High and one at Hempstead High School—that will allow students to collaborate with technology in a pre-engineering curriculum developed in part by partnering businesses. The physical space will include projectors with wireless access, collaborative workstations, and a web camera and microphone system for outside communication. The redesign will allow for on-site and off-site interaction with engineers in the community and potentially throughout the world.
North Tama County Community School District, Traer
North Tama County Community School District's STEM RLE model will partner with local businesses, including Tama County Conservation and the Tallgrass Prairie Center, to redesign a first-grade classroom that will allow students the technology and physical space needed to explore science at an elementary age. The physical space will include iPads to photograph and video record data, digital microscopes, and an LCD projector to connect with outside experts through video conferencing. This model hopes to be replicated at other elementary grade levels within the district in the future.