STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But STEM education is far more than just sticking those subject titles together. It’s a philosophy of education that embraces teaching skills and subjects in an a way that resembles real life.
Why is STEM Important?
STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the design of roads, bridges, cars and planes, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, and every activity we do in our lives.
Why Should Students Pursue STEM?
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field, giving them the power to change the world for the better.
Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy and our planet. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science, in order to make the world a better place.