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What is STEM School?

S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and STEM Schools focus on these subjects to help our nation's youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. This includes the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology.

While the future stability of our economy is unknown and the United States faces many challenges, parents will take comfort in knowing that science and engineering jobs are growing 70 percent faster than other occupations. This means students with STEM education will be at an advantage when competing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future. This was fueled by America's high demand for educated individuals to fill the job openings requiring highly skilled workers in order to keep some of the nation's most innovative companies right here in the U.S.

STEM Schools are emerging across the nation, to keep America ranked as one of the leading nations in technological breakthroughs and scientific research. However, just like all important programs, funding can often be scarce or inadequate. Private investors and state programs are scraping together enough money to advance the STEM School program because they understand that investing in our nation's education is one of the most important strategies for maintaining a strong, stable economy in the future.

What is STEM? The simplest definition is what it stands for, which is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There are many organizations that are dedicated to this topic and they define this with their own objectives. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they enter the jobs market, and in turn it should benefit the greater economy. It is a simple definition with a straight forward goal.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has compiled a list of STEM designated degrees. This list is intended for foreign students who are studying in the U.S. on a valid student visa so they may qualify for certain optional training programs. But this is also a good reference for American students, and it show that STEM can be integrated into a variety of interests.

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STEM Education Related Articles & Opinions

  • Student Achievement in STEM Schools

  • Jul 22, 2014 - This is the first in a new series that analyzes S.T.E.M. education academic literature. In a February 2014 study, Eugene Judson found a statistically significant benefit to transferring into a S.T.E.M.-based charter school. These benefits in mathemat... [read more]
  • Grants for STEM High Schools

  • Jul 18, 2014 - There are numerous grants available for the support of S.T.E.M. education programming in secondary schools. Some grants that are available for individual S.T.E.M. classrooms, while others aim to fund the development of institution-wide initiatives. T... [read more]
  • Retaining STEM Teachers by Creating a Supportive Environment

  • Jul 12, 2014 - S.T.E.M. teachers have the ability to unlock the world of S.T.E.M. for a generation of students. But retaining S.T.E.M. teachers has remained difficult for the last decade. By creating an environment more supportive of professional teachers, schools ... [read more]
  • Building STEM Partnerships with Libraries

  • Jul 03, 2014 - Many schools face limited resources, which means they cannot accomplish everything they want to. Partnerships can help alleviate some of these burdens. Public libraries are a natural ally that can provide programming, material and community support.... [read more]
  • Recruiting Nontraditional STEM Teachers

  • Jun 21, 2014 - Traditional education majors are often not up to par in math and science standards. Recruiting teachers from the ranks of S.T.E.M. majors can ensure content mastery in tomorrow's teachers. Policymakers and schools can work on incentives for this plan... [read more]

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