The Importance of STEM in Schools

Shantie Toolsie  | May 10, 2019

As a parent, you’ve probably heard the term “STEM” once or twice. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. This catchy acronym has been popping up quite frequently in the last few years, but there’s a good reason why. STEM, sometimes abbreviated STEAM (which incorporates art) is an essential foundation for a future generation of innovators and thinkers. Breaking the stigma that math and science are hard, STEM programs attempt to promote science literacy from a young age. Basically, STEM aims to make math and science fun!

How does STEM get kids interested in the topics it covers?

In general, most STEM programs are more hands-on than a typical science class. Using a variety of activities, demonstrations and games, teachers are able to engage kids and keep their focus while simultaneously giving them lessons that teach them about the world around them. From robotics and easy programming activities to the classic baking soda volcano, STEM incorporates lots of fun activities for interdisciplinary learning.

Why is STEM important?

Simply put, our kids are our future. We are educating future doctors, scientists, engineers and fellow teachers, and a good base in the fundamentals of science, math and technology is essential. These subjects not only affect the towns and cities where we live, but the world as a whole. STEM aims to get them started as early as possible with problem-solving, innovating, creating and dreaming. With a STEM state of mind, anything is possible!

STEM education goes beyond the classroom, and as a parent, there are many ways you can help your child grow to their full potential as well. For some fun ideas on how to promote a STEM-positive household, check out this blog post.

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