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5 Things STEM Education Is (and 5 Things It’s NOT)

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Go beyond the acronym to optimize the potential of STEM education and prepare students for the future by boosting their 21st century skills.

As more letters are added to the STEM acronym, whether it’s the A for arts in STEAM, or the R in STREAM for reading and writing, some people spend time debating which acronym is best. The reality is that regardless of which acronym speaks to you, STEM, STEAM, and STREAM are all on the same side, focusing on teaching students the 21st century skills they need to succeed, such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and communication. Let’s take a look at what STEM education really is, and also what it isn’t.

1. STEM education is the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and math.

STEM educationIt is not about teaching each subject in isolation. Rather than teaching these subjects separately, the focus of STEM education should reveal to students the ways in which these subjects connect and intersect. When students are given the opportunity to make connections and apply what they’ve learned in one subject to something in another subject, they gain a deeper understanding of the concept and begin to understand its importance.

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Dorothy Crouch is a California-based writer who has covered many topics such as financial technology, travel and the pet-goods industry. Born and raised in New York City, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Hunter College and an M.S., Publishing degree through Pace University. Combining her love of learning and curiosity of the world, Dorothy studied abroad at Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College, igniting a passion for travel. Dorothy’s thirst for knowledge and love of learning has led her to travel the world and pursue higher learning, including scuba certification. A lifelong animal lover, Dorothy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their fish and two lovable, spoiled dogs.

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