What Is STEM

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What Is STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.

Rather than teaching these subjects independently, STEM learning allows students to engage in all four content areas to address real world problems and solutions. This type of integrated teaching encourages independence, problem solving, and creativity. A curriculum that is STEM-based also teaches through real-life situations to help the student learn and relate. Programs like STEMScopes and Wonders integrate multiple subjects and provide for opportunities to show how concepts relate to life. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student.

What you might find in a STEM classroom

How Are Arts & Humanities Incorporated Into STEM?

There’s no i in team. There’s also no A in STEM—until recently. Asking questions, using evidence, and working well with others to solve problems are not skills taught only in the “hard” sciences. Excellent humanities and social science curiculums teach these tools as well. And they engage students’ creativity and imagination. As such, there’s a growing movement to incorporate more arts and humanities subjects into STEM curriculum.