In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.
US Department of Education
STEM is a meta-subject that encompasses the four disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The purpose of STEM is to conjoin the content, the processes, and the habits of mind of these four disciplines.
STEM is a distinct approach to learning and teaching where the focus is on collaborative problem solving and the development of trans-disciplinary skills in communication, creativity, persistence, and critical thinking.
There are two forces that drive STEM education.
The first is the need to develop the workforce of the future to ensure economic prosperity.
The second is the need to develop the scientists, engineers, mathematicians, researchers, inventors, and innovators who can address global challenges and problems.