STEM seems to be a popular topic lately. It's in everything that we do, teach, and learn!
It's often referenced for older children, school age and maybe even preschool, but it can totally relate to younger children as well!
Multiple studies have shown that using a blended approach to teaching has shown to increase interest for their future as well as help support all areas of development in children. When they are being taught about the four areas of STEM, children are able to use critical thinking skills through the scientific process, social skills though working together with peers, and even language skills through new discoveries.
STEM occupations are going to continue becoming more necessary for the future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are projected to increase by at least 8% from 2019 to 2029.
Science is the study of the natural world and all of its laws which includes biology, physics and chemistry. The most important aspect of the study of science is that the use of facts, concepts, controls, and tests are used to prove or disprove scientific theories with evidence. Over time, these scientific theories may be elaborated, further studied, or connected to new or different ideas. Science is always changing, but it stays factual and evidence-based no matter what.
Technology is an entire system that encompasses the knowledge, processes and devices that have been used for various purposes throughout history. We often think of technology as things like computers, but in reality, technology is a tool. Arrowheads used by Native American hunters are an artifact of technology. Likewise, the process of creating those arrowheads is technology; it is a technological process.
Engineering is the study of the design and creation of products as a result of solving problems. Engineering encompasses math, science, and technology as well as other skills. It is a valuable subject to learn and experience. Teaching engineering is teaching the process of designing and building something that is needed. You can also think of it as the process of creating those pieces of technology that are critical to serving a purpose or meeting a need.
Mathematics, or math, is the study of numbers. This includes patterns, equations, systems, and shapes. These are integral parts to the early childhood classroom. The study of math links many different subjects together and can be seen in the natural world as well as in the manmade world. This makes it such an important subject to learn and be comfortable with.
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