S.T.E.M. is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Schools initiating STEM curriculum find that having students explore and experiment in hands-on activities that allow them to combine information from multiple fields of study results in increased student learning and achievement. Schools that focus on STEM encourage opportunities that allow students to think critically, solve complex problems, and apply what they have learned. They promote students following in drive advancements in science and technology.
A successful STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 15 of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014 require significant mathematics or science preparation.