You’ve probably heard the term STEM education — but if you’re like most people you may have wondered, what exactly does STEM stand for?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The term was created to focus attention on training students for jobs in these fields.
The reason for that is simple. There are more than one million new jobs created in STEM fields every year – yet there are far fewer qualified graduates to fill them.
However, focusing on STEM education is not just about the simple math of filling jobs. The world that today’s K-6 children will enter into as adults in the 2030’s will be radically different thanks to job automation, solutions to climate change, and increasing reliance on technology.
Proficiency in STEM subjects is not only key to MAKING new discoveries — but also to preparing people with the necessary knowledge to IMPLEMENT these discoveries.
In other words, STEM education is where today’s schooling intersects with the actual real-world, job-market needs of the future. And the good news is that the topics are super cool, exciting, and mind-blowing!
Now, you may have also heard of the term STEAM education — which is STEM plus an A for Arts. That’s because many people acknowledge the role that culture, storytelling, and creativity play in shaping a brighter future.
But no matter which acronym you choose – STEM or STEAM – focusing on education that helps teach problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and real-world applications, will help push innovation, and necessary progress to the next level, to the benefit of all.
Unfortunately, even with the government’s push around STEM, many school systems and students lack access to good STEM education, which in turn leads to a lack of inspiration to explore these fascinating topics.
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