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S.T.E.M. Education Is

 

STEM education is a sequence of courses or program of study that prepares students, including underrepresented groups:  for successful employment, post-secondary education, or both that require different and more technically sophisticated skills including the application of mathematics and science skills and concepts, and to be competent, capable citizens in our technology-dependent, democratic society.

 

Taken separately, the four STEM subjects are defined by the National Research Council as:

  1. Science is the study of the natural world, including the laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, or conventions associated with these disciplines.
  2. Technology comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
  3. Engineering is a body of knowledge about the design and creation of products and a process for solving problems. Engineering utilizes concepts in science and mathematics and technological tools.
  4. Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and shapes. Mathematics includes theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics.

STEM education can be an interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world problem-based and performance-based lessons. STEM education exemplifies the axiom "the whole is more than the sum of the parts."

 

In Elementary Grades

 

STEM education:

  • Provides the introductory and foundational STEM courses that lead to success in challenging and applied courses in secondary grades.
  • Introduces awareness of STEM fields and occupations.
  • Provides standards-based, structured inquiry-based and real-world problem-based learning that interconnects STEM subjects.
  • Stimulates student interest in “wanting to” rather than “having to” take further STEM related courses.
  • Bridges and connects in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.

In Middle Grades

 

STEM education:

  • Introduces an interdisciplinary program of study consisting of rigorous and challenging courses.
  • Continues to provide standards-based, structured inquiry-based and real world problem-based learning that interconnects STEM-related subjects.
  • Bridges and connects in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.
  • Increases student awareness of STEM fields and occupations, especially for underrepresented populations.
  • Increases student awareness of the academic requirements of STEM fields and occupations .
  • Begins student exploration of STEM related careers, especially for underrepresented populations .

 

S.T.E.M.

Parents and teachers may click on the following links for STEM Magazine:

Link for March: www.stemmagazine.com/3147177.php

Link for April :  www.stemmagazine.com/4141044.php

Link for May: www.stemmagazine.com/514513.php

 

Every teacher is a S.T.E.M. teacher.
"Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics....the foundation of industry and commerce in America. 

S.T.E.M. Magazine is not a curriculum, but rather a resource of awareness that exists to provide clarity on the subject of how we already incorporate S.T.E.M. into every class, how to encourage the creative process and cultivate curiosity in both the teacher and student. In addition, S.T.E.M. Magazine strives to encourage educators about the urgent need for this inclusion in light of their responsibility to equip students fully for their careers.

Preparation for those careers begins this year in schools across the country. The responsibility and privilege for inspiring our children in that direction rests squarely on the shoulders of our educators.

Teaching is an incredibly challenging responsibility, therefore equipping and supporting our teachers in a variety of aspects is critical to teacher retention, motivation and attitude that directly effect student learning, inspiration and preparation for the careers ahead.

S.T.E.M. Magazine exists to provide clarity on the subject of incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics into every class curriculum. In addition, S.T.E.M. Magazine strives to encourage educators about the urgent need for this inclusion in light of their responsibility to equip students fully for their careers.

The future of American economics rests on the success of our S.T.E.M. education efforts in schools across the nation. The foundations laid in elementary and middle school are critical to interest levels, proficiency and test scores of high school students preparing to enter the work force.

Wayne Carley
Publisher