“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” Albert Einstein
What is STEM?
STEM is an integrated curriculum approach based on the idea of educating students in four interdisciplinary subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM education fosters inquiry, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. In STEM instruction, there should be a strong emphasis placed on the Design Thinking Process. Schools are encouraged to develop a common language for innovation.
Why is it important to promote a STEM focused curriculum?
By providing students with multiple opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they can develop a passion for it at an early age and possibly go on to pursue a job in a STEM field. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, almost double the rate of other professions. Those students who have a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics can play a key role in the sustained growth of the economy and increase their potential for a successful future career. STEM education increases engagement in student learning, creates critical thinkers and problem finders, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
Where does STEM instruction take place?
Everywhere! There are opportunities for STEM education in every elementary, middle and high school in Arlington Public Schools. For students who have specific, STEM-focused learning goals, there are pathways that can be taken in order to pursue them. Students are encouraged to speak with their school guidance counselors to discuss appropriate courses to take beginning in middle school. Additionally, there are several unique opportunities offered to high school students through the Arlington Career Center. For more information about after-school and summer programs check out our STEM Camps & Programs page.