Why STEM? What is STEM?

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What is STEM?

STEM education is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students.  STEM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge.  It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place, community and the global economy.  STEM also helps students understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and careers.


“Education at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM—develops, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and skills that convey personal, economic, and social benefits. Higher education provides the advanced work skills needed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, innovation-focused economy and society.”

- National Science Foundation

“We must never forget what the STEM subjects have in common with sister disciplines like literature and history. Yes, they help us get good jobs, but they also help us grasp what it means to be human and live a good life. That is why STEM is truly among the liberal arts.”

- Linda Rosen, Change the Equation

STEM Skills Are in Demand

Many studies highlight the need for a redoubled focus on STEM education to main a vibrant economy, both in Arizona and nationally. Others confirm the economic value of higher education in general. In Arizona, STEM skills have stayed in demand even through the economic downturn.


What Does the Science and Engineering Job Market Look Like for U.S. Graduates?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, during the period 2008-2018, employment in science and engineering occupations will grow by more than double the rate for all occupations.


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