STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. When I was in school, we learned these subjects separately. Rarely did my math class discuss science or technology concepts. Yet all these subjects go hand in hand when they are applied to any project.
With the STEM learning approach, educators combine science, technology, engineering and math concepts into every cohesive lesson. Participants learn that when these subjects are used together, each enhances the other. By applying these topics towards projects that are tailored to the participant’s learning styles and passions, this interest-driven learning is helping to inspire children and prepare them for important 21st century career paths. As the STEM-related job world grows, employees possessing computing, engineering, physical, life sciences and mathematics skills will be increasingly sought after.
In a real-world job, an engineer would rely on scientific findings, advancements in technology and mathematic equations to determine how to approach a project. The same idea is being introduced in educational institutions and after school programs. This is often being done in a connected learning environment, where participants are both learning these important subjects and also teaching them to each other. Their skill sets are strengthened as they work in teams to complete a project. Problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration are all key parts of the connective learning STEM approach.
Along with many other after school programs in the community, STEM learning has become an important part of library programming, particularly in our Summer of Learning programming, which begins on the first week of June. Check out the KRL events calendar for upcoming STEM and other fun programming.
Learning happens everywhere.
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