Many people are talking about the benefits of STEM education, but what is STEM and why is it important?
What is STEM?
STEM is the acronym for the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. To many, they form the basis for 21st century skills needed to be successful in the evolving jobs of the future.
But if you ask many students “What is STEM?” you may hear that STEM is the group of subjects that are boring, tedious, and lacking real-world applications. Science and math have always been a major part of the high school curriculum, but many students have disengaged from these subjects because they don’t see that they have any relevance to the real world or students’ daily lives. For them, math and science have become a set of rules, procedures, laws, theorems, and formulas to memorize. Some students even develop math anxiety and think they are incapable of learning higher-level mathematics.