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What is STEM?

What is STEM?

STEM is an abbreviation that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. Children apply their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge in contexts that make connections between the classroom and the world around them.


Why is STEM important?

The importance of STEM education is intricately tied to society's technological and scientific advancements. 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.


By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.  STEM occupations are growing at approximately 17%, while other occupations are growing at approximately 9.8%. Generally, STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. The National Science Foundation maintains that students will need a strong foundation in STEM subjects in order to be successful in the information-driven age.


STEM education encourages and empowers every student to use their creativity and to develop their critical thinking skills. It promotes teamwork, resilience and a growth mindset.


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