What is STEM?

What is STEM

STEM is an acronym for
Science
Technology
Engineering
Math

A STEM education teaches these subjects in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach science, technology, engineering, and math as separate subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning strategy based on real-world applications.

STEM education provides students with the ability to solve problems creatively, think critically, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively in a digital world.


Why focus on STEM?

The goal of a STEM education is to develop tomorrow’s innovators. STEM is focused on increasing this generation’s competitiveness in the marketplace of the future. Did you know that:

  • In 2013, only 45% of U.S. High School Seniors were ready for college level math and only 36% were ready for college level science
  • In 2013, only 42 % of American fourth grade students and 35% of eighth grade students performed at or above the proficient level in mathematics
  • Of industrialized nations, high school students of 26 nations performed better than U.S. students in math in 2012, and 19 nations performed better in science.
  • In 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in science and engineering fields, compared with 61% in Japan and 51% in China

We believe an early focus on STEM increases the likelihood of pursuing a STEM degree and entering a STEM field.

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