What is STEM?
STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”. In education, STEM is a subject that includes mostly project based learning where students work together to solve a problem. It’s more than just running a science lab, or doing calculations on a worksheet—it involves real life application and critical thinking.
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The STEM Process
Engineering is a key component in STEM as it provides the framework for most STEM activities. The “STEM” process closely aligns to the steps an engineer would take when solving a “real world” problem.
The STEM process follows these basic steps:
- ASK – Define the problem
- IMAGINE – Brainstorm Solutions
- PLAN – Make a plan
- EXPERIMENT – Test it out
- IMPROVE – Make it better
STEM can help our world.
Students need the skills to explore and examine, to build and design, to think critically and make improvements. STEM, in education, is helping the next generation learn important skills that can be used to solve problems and make advancements in the real world.