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What is STEM?

STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation.

Why STEM?

  • In the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2009)
  • 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills. (Why the Focus on STEM? The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, 2011) 
  • The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 2009); yet only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM. (U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 2010)
  • To put these numbers into perspective, only 6% of the 3.8 million 9th graders in the U.S. end up choosing a STEM degree in college  (U.S. Department of Labor, 2009). 

 

What is the Scientific Method?

What is the Engineering Design Process?





Interesting Things to Read:
RocketSTEM Magazine - focus on space


Stem Festivals and other events

 
2015 - Dr. Reed Timmer (Discovery Channel                      Storm Chaser and Meteorologist)

2014 - David Albert from NOAA and his                               expeditions to the RMS Titanic

2013 -  Astronaut Cady Coleman (three space                    flights and six months on the                                    International Space Station)
Spot the Station - Watch the International Space Station pass overhead.