What is STEM
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, STEM is larger than the individual subject areas. It was developed in response to a need for American students to develop higher level skills to interest and prepare them to pursue careers in those areas and be competitive in the 21st century global market workforce. In today's advanced society, there is more cross-over than ever before among the disciplines. STEM does not exist as four isolated subjects, but rather as an interdisciplinary approach to learning that applies the four core subjects along with, hands-on, real-world, problem-solving opportunities. STEM education provides the educational background to explore careers in STEM-related fields; however, it also provides students with a broader perspective and approach to understanding, analyzing, and creating real-world solutions. By incorporating all four STEM disciplines, the subjects become more relevant to students and become more of a motivating factor to pursue and achieve readiness skills for STEM-related fields.
Science is the study of the natural world. It is getting answers to what, when, where, and why through experiments and observation. There are many different types of science like biology, physics, and chemistry. They each study different parts of the natural world to gain knowledge and understanding. Science uses technology and mathematics to support, prove, or disprove hypotheses.
Technology is something that is created by humans to make our lives easier or solve problems. It is how people use science and engineering in order to create inventions that help in our daily lives. There are "low tech" approaches, like eye glasses that help us see or a backpack that makes it easier to carry our books. And there are "high tech" approaches, like computers and electronics that make things like researching and writing easier or analyzing data more efficient. Technology is applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.
Engineering applies science, technology, and math to design and build products, machines, systems or structures. It puts scientific knowledge, reasoning and imagination into play to create solutions to problems, or new and better ways to do things. There is a broad spectrum of engineering. Some include mechanical, electrical, civil, and chemical that focus on different areas for improvement or invention.
Mathematics is the science of numbers. It has to do with numbers, quantity, and space and is the ability to think and work with numbers in a way to understand their relationships and uses. It relies on logic and provides a foundation of fact and certainty to science, technology, and engineering.
As you can see from our definitions of the four disciplines, each uses, and, in fact, relies, on the other disciplines. They are interconnected and people use them to learn how to think, reason, and solve problems creatively, effectively, and efficiently.
At Learning Resources, we take education seriously. We offer products that encompass the full depth and breadth of STEM that provide the hands-on activities while challenging students to think critically and open their minds to the possibilities that exist with different ways to approach and solve problems. We also realize teachers may already have stimulating, educational activities, but may need supplemental products to support STEM learning.
STEM Specific Products
STEM specific products are designed to incorporate all four STEM disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics while challenging students to identify problems, define goals, create design solutions, analyze, build, implement, and communicate the results. They develop skills to think critically, solve problems effectively, and acquire the persistence needed to enter STEM-related fields in college and career.
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