ABSTRACT

In the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas, all students, including high-ability students, should be afforded the opportunity to develop their talent. STEM Blueprints focus on eminent scientists and inventors for whom exemplary children’s biographies exist in trade book form. Even our best science students are not often encouraged to be creative. Educators need to support them as they move from questions with one right answer to those that require reasoning and justification and to problems and explorations that have several solutions or related problems that will deepen and extend the concepts being learned. The instructional pace is also a critical consideration in the education of gifted students in science. Appropriate pacing for these students, including in accelerated courses, means that students have the time and opportunity to delve deeply and creatively into topics, projects and problems, models, and theories of interest.