Our Definition of STEM

Category: STEM System Building 2 years ago

The NTSA published an interesting article that may spur conversation around this topic.

The article speaks to the comment made in our forum meeting, that the definition is often subjective and catered to the needs of individual fields: “Everybody who thinks they know what it means, knows what it means within their field, and everybody else is defining it to fit their own needs.” 

The following "common" definition is presented, albeit with reservation :

"STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy."

Does this definition work for us?  How do we as the OST field define STEM as it relates to the STEM System of Support that we are working to build?  

I feel that the last line of the article is relevant to our work: "Whether it is researchers, science and mathematics teachers, the aerospace industry, or the construction industry, they all have one thing in common: It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level."

 

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