What is S.T.E.M?
S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and a STEM School focuses on these subjects to help our nation's youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. This includes the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology. It is a way of thinking, a skill set of critical and creative thinking skills that is completely interdisciplinary!
Current research in project-based learning demonstrates that projects can increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math because they involve students in solving authentic problems, working with others, and building real solutions (artifacts) (Fortus, Krajcikb, Dershimerb, Marx, & Mamlok-Naamand, 2005).
Through an integrated approach to S.T.E.M.education focused on real-world, authentic problems, students learn to reflect on the problem-solving process. Research tells us that students learn best when encouraged to construct their own knowledge of the world around them (Satchwell & Loepp, 2002). It is through integrated S.T.E.M. projects that this type of learning can occur.
While the future stability of our economy is unknown, parents will take comfort in knowing that science and engineering jobs are growing much faster than other occupations. This means S.T.E.M. School students will be at an advantage when competing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.
This program was fueled by America's high demand for educated individuals to fill the job openings requiring highly skilled S.T.E.M.workers in order to keep some of the nation's most innovative companies right here in the U.S.