What is STEM and Why is it Important?

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Even outside the classroom, STEM is an essential part of our lives. Science is found everywhere. From why the sky is the color it is to what lurks beneath the ocean floor, science is a subject every student must tackle. Technology is continually growing and changing with every living day. With technology holding such an important part in medicine, commercial industry, and even education it is important for students to fully understand the basic aspects of technology before venturing out into the real world. Although engineering may not stem directly linked to your student’s life, it has expanded to must greater horizons than you may have thought. Engineering covers everything from building bridges to predicting future weather patterns. And lastly, mathematics is found no matter where you go. If your students strive to be accountants, or doctors, or even are inspired to follow in your footsteps and become educators, math is something that will follow close behind.

Why is STEM Important?

According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at a mere 9.8%. Students who hold STEM degrees receive a higher salary than students who don’t. STEM careers fuel the regional economy. That being said, it is important to start them early. STEM is bridging the gap between ethnicity and gender because no matter your race or no matter your gender, STEM stays the same. STEM activities both inside and outside the classroom are a vital component to student’s education. Students must be taught by enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities and educational tools.

STEM Products

For example, students could utilize a product called Cublets. Cublets are robotic blocks that are a fast and easy way to inspire kids to become better thinkers. They encourage cooperative and group collaboration and are compelling reasons for mathematics, computational thinking, literacy, teamwork, life science, robotics, coding engineering, and student- directed learning. Since there is no need for programming, children as young as four years old can connect and construct their own robots. Cublets are a perfect addition to any curriculum ranging from Pre-K to High School and beyond! Want to go further in the robotic industry? Check out OzoBot. Ozobot Bit and Ozobot Evo are both easy to integrate into any curriculum – STEM and beyond. Ozobot Bit can be as fun or challenging as you make it. Simple and intuitive to use on one side, highly programmable and versatile on the other – there is something for every type of thinker, with our tiny tinker robot. On the other hand, Ozobot Evo entertains right out of the box with autonomous LED lights, sounds and movements. Evo uses Infrared Proximity Sensing to avoid obstacles and App-Enabled RC Controls to explore the world with you. Another popular product is Makey Makey, which encourages students to turn everyday objects into touchpad while combining them with the internet. It is a simple invention kit for beginners utilizing some of STEM’s main focuses such as technology and engineering. STEM is the way of the future and it is our jobs to shape that future for students and educators alike.  

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