An Overview of STEM Education – Guest Post by Thomas Down

What is STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM is a system of education that’s designed in a way to integrate the four disciplines of the school curriculum together. Here, students get to learn through real-life applications and examples.

A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help students practice while learning. Programs like Engineering for Kids integrates multiple classes to provide opportunities to see how the concepts relate to life and hopefully spark a passion for a future career in any of the STEM fields.

Example: Imagine an architect designing a building. He doesn’t use the individual skills of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math separately. They are interwoven in a practical manner that allows the architect to make complex designs.

STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn.

What are the different subjects in STEM?

It’s almost impossible to list down all the subjects that fall under each of the STEM disciplines. But to get a good idea, here are the most common areas that a STEM student can expect to venture into.

Besides the basic Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math, STEM gives you a taste of a vast array of subjects.

Aerospace engineering, astrophysics, algebra, astronomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, mathematical biology, nanotechnology, neurobiology, nuclear physics, physics, and robotics.

Why should you pursue STEM?

 Early STEM learners are proven to be better problem solvers, logical thinkers, and self-reliant
 Hands-on learning offers essential skills for a future within the STEM sector
 STEM drives the technology of our future and there is a rising demand for STEM
educated employees
 STEM salaries are on the rise and are expected to be the highest paying jobs in the future

If you’d notice, STEM is literally, all around us.

Science is present in even the simplest activities that we do.

Technology is continuously expanding into our homes, work-spaces, and daily life.

Engineering gives the basic designs for roads and bridges but also tackles the challenges of changing the global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home.

Mathematics in its basic form is a part of every occupation and every activity that we do in our lives.

By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.

List of Best 25 STEM Colleges Of 2018

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. California Institute of Technology
3. Harvey Mudd College
4. United States Naval Academy
5. Rice University
6. Johns Hopkins University
7. United States Air Force Academy
8. Carnegie Mellon University
9. United States Coast Guard Academy
10. United States Merchant Marine Academy
11. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
12. Lehigh University
13. University of Rochester
14. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
15. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
16. Case Western Reserve University
17. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
19. Colorado School of Mines
20. Clarkson University
21. Stevens Institute of Technology
22. Stony Brook University
23. Illinois Institute of Technology
24. Missouri University of Science and Technology
25. Michigan Technological University

Is STEM for me?

Having said how good the curriculum is, the big question that may arise in your mind is “is STEM the right choice for me?”

When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math, they are most likely to reply that “the subjects are difficult”

According to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard or “boring to study”.

To be ready for STEM, you must be interested in:
– Thinking and creating “outside the box” (Artistic)
– processing, organizing, & record-keeping (Conventional)
– helping other individuals and the society (Social)
– leading, persuading and selling (Enterprising)

Investigative people who are interested in finding out answers, knowing facts, thinking and analysing situations, and willing to explore often succeed at STEM.

You need to be realistic and interested in work that demands hands-on tasks, physical activities, practical solutions and tool-oriented problem-solving.

Example:
Can you solve these questions without looking at the solutions? (JK! You can look.)

Why don’t individuals simply force the FDA to do what is best for consumers of prescription drugs?

– The following conversions occur frequently in physics and are very useful. (a) Use 1 mi = 5280 ft and 1 h = 3600 s to convert 60 mph to units of ft/s. (b) The acceleration of a freely falling object is 32 ft/s<sup>2</sup>. Use 1 ft = 30.48 cm to express this acceleration in units of m/s<sup>2</sup>. (c) The density of water is 1.0 g/cm<sup>3</sup>. Convert this density to units of kg/m

– Terms that apply to the backside of the body in the anatomical position include:
A. (a) ventral; anterior
B. (b) back; rear
C. (c) posterior; dorsal
D. (d) medial; lateral

Yes? Looks like you’re ready for STEM.

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