STEM

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).


STEM Festivals

Year: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Guest Speakers:

2018: Danielle Feinberg | Pixar Animation Studios.

2017: Deanne Bell | Engineer, Television Host, and Founder of FutureEngineers.org

2016: Dr. Niall McCann | Nat Geo Wild TV and Biologist

2015: Dr. Reed Timmer | Discovery Channel Storm Chaser and Meteorologist

2014: David Albert | NOAA and Expeditions to the RMS Titanic

2013: Astronaut Cady Coleman | Three Space Flights and Six Months on the International Space Station)

Q102.5 Interview with Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman

Interesting Reading

10-year Old Boy Discovers Supernova

RocketSTEM Magazine

Instructional Resources

Educator Guides and Resources

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead.

What is the Scientific Method?

What is the Engineering Design Process?