It’s all STEM.
STEM education efforts seek to increase student curiosity in and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and math. It is a fact that science, math, technology, and engineering interrelate with each other all the time. It is difficult to teach one without involving one or more of the others. STEM is a popular topic among government and business leaders whose main concern about STEM is the need to educate students so that they will possess the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy.
Science is the study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes
Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.
Mathematics is the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right (pure mathematics), or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics).
The definition of the four content indicates interrelatedness especially with science.
S.T.E.M. is NOT a syllabus but a term used to indicate integration of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics contents in learning activities or experiences. Observation from 17 years of experience teaching high school mathematics and physics, pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school science afterschool, and middle school science and STEM connections have revealed that:
Integration of STEM contents can be intentional or accidental, you are already doing it.
Integration of STEM contents is best accomplished in project-based learning experiences.
Integration of all STEM contents does not have to occur in all classroom activities or experiences.
Integration of STEM contents makes learning meaningful. The world is STEM.
Integration of STEM contents is not expensive; running on the spot with a pedometer integrates STEM.
Dr. Mary Mwangi