Why Schools Should Incorporate All 4 Areas of STEM


Most schools already have at least one aspect of STEM implemented, whether it’s a robotics club or a coding class. But STEM education should be an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students. – Click to tweet

So why aren’t more schools implementing a full comprehensive STEM program that incorporates all four disciplines? Here’s a few reasons to start:

1. STEM is more valuable to students when it’s integrated, not singular

No specific area of STEM is more important than another. And while singular-focused programs like coding or robotics are certainly great tools on their own, students don’t gain the same value as they do when learning in more comprehensive programs.

When all four disciplines of STEM education are introduced together, it enables teachers to integrate correlated subjects without ignoring the unique characteristics, depth, and rigor of their main discipline.1 Innovation transcends disciplines, so it’s important that students can focus on all four of them. – Click to tweet

2. STEM and non-STEM jobs are now requiring at least some knowledge of the subjects

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, an increasing number of careers are now requiring STEM knowledge – even in non-STEM industries! A report from the National Science Board noted that nearly 20% of all occupations require significant STEM knowledge and skill in at least one field. 2Click to tweet

And while STEM fields aren’t yet facing a shortage of workers, surprisingly, non-STEM fields are the ones in need of laborers with STEM knowledge. So even if students aren’t particularly interested in pursuing a STEM career, chances are they’ll still need to learn and retain their STEM knowledge from school.

3. Different styles of learning require different disciplines

This generation of students is different from any that has come before it: they were born with technology at their fingertips, and it’s affecting how they learn. 3 Hands-on learning is now an essential part of any classroom, and that includes STEM programs.

While some students may do great with math or computer coding, others may perform better when using their hands to build and engineer something. By implementing a STEM program that incorporates not just one field, but is inclusive of each learning style, your school can be certain that your STEM program will actively engage each student. – Click to tweet

How Quest for Space Integrates STEM

Quest for Space is an end-to-end science platform for students to create a their own science experiment, launch it and run it aboard the International Space Station. Not only do students get to be a part of an exciting experiment, but throughout the program, students incorporate all four disciplines of STEM.

Along with extensive science training, students receive training in electrical engineering through reading a schematic and wiring a breadboard; mechanical engineering through the heat engine of the ground unit; and programming through the Lego Mindstorms platform. There are also lesson plans relating to introductory data analysis, communication and presentation skills.

Get in touch with us now to see how the integrated and comprehensive Quest for Space program can launch student engagement in STEM to new heights and make your school stand out. – click to tweet

 

Sources:

1 https://www.buse.ac.zw/downloads/An%20overview%20of%20STEM%20Education%20and%20why%20it%20is%20important%20to%20%20%20everyone.pdf

2 https://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2015/04/21/national-science-board-report-suggests-non-stem-fields-now-require-stem-skills

3 http://www.stratostar.net/blog/stem-education-vs-traditional-models/