Introduction to the Project STEM Community
The Project STEM Community is comprised of both teacher and student forums, one for each Project STEM course offering.* These forums provide an ongoing support platform throughout the school year.
*Note: There is no student forum for Computer Science Explorations since the majority of CSE students are under 13.
Project STEM's Teaching Assistants
Our forums are monitored 7 days a week by our team of Teaching Assistants. These are undergraduates and graduate students in STEM majors from across the country, hand-selected for interviews based on their honors-level GPAs and interest in teaching and tutoring. They are here to help teachers with questions about their course and to help students with their coursework.
The Project STEM Teacher Community
As a place where computer science educators can ask questions, share ideas, discuss instructional strategies, and even geek out over coding or algorithms, the Teacher Forums are a perfect affinity space for teachers. In fact, all Project STEM teachers from across the country have access to the Teacher Forum for their course(s), making it an unique assembly of talent and expertise in computer science education.
Finally, the Teacher Forums are a place where teachers can provide feedback about the curriculum. Project STEM creates and releases updates and resources throughout the year to address teachers' concerns, requests, and ideas.
The Project STEM Student Community
The TAs are there to help tutor students with their coursework in order to ensure their success in the class. Other students from across the country can also help answer each other's questions. Only teacher and students in Project STEM courses have access to the student forums, and we start student forum access fresh each year so that only the current crop of students has access.
The Student forums are a place where students can get help with their coursework, and sometimes chat about STEM-related topics with other like-minded individuals who are taking the same course as them. In order to do this, part of the job of our TAs is to moderate the forums and make sure that all subject matters stay on-topic and relevant to the courses per the Forum Communication Guidelines listed in the introductory unit of your course, which are also posted at the top of the student forums.