What is STEM?
STEM isn’t a subject being taught, but a way of teaching that encourages the natural curiosity in our students. Simply defined, STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. STEM is not about highlighting a specific subset of subjects, but is an approach to teaching and learning that encourages thought, collaboration, idea generating and testing, reasoning, and creative problem solving among teachers and students.
The overall idea of STEM is to incorporate all disciplines or as many disciplines as possible into the learning environment to help students understand the connectedness of the information they are processing and learning.
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So what does STEM look like in the classroom?
A Call to Action
With all the promises of the future, how does this information impact your instruction? Where will you help students grow? What resources do you need to incorporate STEM lessons into your classroom? Share your answers to these questions in a comment below and let’s learn from each other!
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