What is STEM?
According to We Are Teachers, “STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM curriculum blends those subjects in order to teach ‘21st-century skills,’ or tools students need to have if they wish to succeed in the workplace of the ‘future.’ What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.”
Why is STEM Important?
Many jobs require STEM skills. According to Live Science, “the manufacturing sector faces an alarming shortage of employees who obtain these necessary skills.” “STEM jobs do not
all require higher education or even a college degree. Less than half of entry-level STEM jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher. However, a four-year degree is incredibly helpful
with salary”. Additionally, We Are Teachers states “in order to be prepared for jobs and compete with students from different parts of the world, students here in the US need to
be able to solve problems, find and use evidence, collaborate on projects, and think critically.” These are all skills that STEM teaches.
How to STEM at Home?
According to STEM DuPage, “STEM is all around your home.” “Cooking, repairing a bicycle, gardening, helping you fix the toilet, taking care of a fish tank – these are all activities that
could be suitable for your child. Think of others that involve observing, asking questions and defining problems, looking for evidence, evaluating information, planning and investigating, measuring, using tools – all practices of scientists and engineers that you can
encourage at home.” “Children are naturally curious. Seek out answers to their questions, together. Model life-long learning. Explore the internet together; take a trip to the library. Look for answers in your yard, a park, a museum.” Additionally, provide a good school-
study environment at home, talk to your child about school, and always remember that you are important in your child’s education.