What is STEM and Why is it Important?

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It seems like educators everywhere are talking about STEM, and with good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, and research shows that STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers…but what is STEM, anyway?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The real question is, can STEM be used in Early Childhood Education? According to Dr. Sherri Killins, who is the Commissioner of Early Education and Care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the answer is yes!

“It’s what we’ve always done in early childhood education,” says Dr. Killins, who explains that STEM gives a label to what children should already be doing in the classroom: exploring, observing, asking questions, making predictions, and integrating their learning.

For more information, check out the full article: What does STEM look like in preschool and what is STEM anyway?

 

Sources: TeachPreschool.org, EngineeringForKids.com, naeyc.org

Posted 7/20/17

Topics: Learning, Children, Development, STREAM