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NWP Congressional Briefing: How Writing Supports STEM Education

Date: April 28, 2011

Summary: The National Writing Project joined a panel of literacy and science education experts on Capitol Hill to champion a new approach to STEM education that will make these critical disciplines more accessible to young people.


On March 30, 2011, the National Writing Project joined Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), FableVision, and other panelists for a congressional briefing to introduce the new chapter book The Curious Adventures of Sydney and Symon in: Water Wonders. Aimed at children ages 6 to 8, the book takes a creative approach to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Through activities that encourage kids to experiment and solve problems on their own, as well as suggestions for further reading, Water Wonders introduces the arts to STEM education. The science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) approach to learning provides the "four Cs" for 21st century skills—critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Panelists included Sharon J. Washington, executive director of NWP; Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF; Paul Reynolds, CEO of FableVision; Kim Douillard, teacher and director of the San Diego Area Writing Project; Jason King, president of Turning the Page; and Mark St. John, president of Inverness Research.

Douillard's discussed how her students, some of whom are included in the videos below, entered the San Diego County Water Authority's "Be WaterSm'ART' Essay Contest," which was an art and essay competition about water conservation rolled into one. For more, read the winning essays to see art and writing about science in action.

Presentations from the Event

Students Tell Why Writing Is Important to Science


Education and Literacy Equal Innovation


Reading, Writing, and Science: Synergistic Learning Opportunities

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