STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
One of the ways the RISE UP/GEAR UP partnership is increasing students’ readiness for college is by providing them with a rigorous STEM curriculum and enrichment activities.
STEM literacy for all students is critical to our nation’s future. Four years of high school math and science should be required of all students, regardless of their career aspirations.
Unfortunately, when it comes to STEM-related subject areas, research has shown that most U.S. students do not compete well with their peers throughout the developed world.
Basic STEM literacy means not only that students will be better prepared for the workforce and have access to higher paying jobs. In addition, even if they don’t choose a STEM career field, they will have the critical thinking skills to effectively evaluate information, solve complex problems, and make important decisions in both public and private life – from the latest diet craze to the use of DNA as courtroom evidence.
We all have a stake in improving our nation’s STEM education programs. Investment in and support for STEM curricula in our region’s schools will provide an enormous, measurable return – to our students and their future opportunities, to the health and well-being of our communities, and to the vibrancy and potential of our nation as a whole.
Research has shown that a rigorous STEM education will equip students to become:
- Problem-solvers – able to define questions and problems, design investigations to gather data, collect and organize data, draw conclusions, and then apply understandings to new and novel situations.
- Innovators – creatively use science, mathematics, and technology concepts and principles by applying them to the engineering design process.
- Inventors – recognize the needs of the world and creatively design, test, redesign, and then implement solutions (engineering process).
- Self-reliant – able to use initiative and self-motivation to set agendas, develop and gain self-confidence, and work within time specified time frames.
- Logical thinkers – able to apply rational and logical thought processes of science, mathematics, and engineering design to innovation and invention.
- Technologically literate – understand and explain the nature of technology, develop the skills needed, and apply technology appropriately.
Job growth in STEM related fields is expected to be strong in the coming years.
Videos about the importance of a strong STEM education
A STEM Education, Tools to Change the World
Biomedical Science Program (PLTW) at Bozeman High School, Montana
Through “Project Lead the Way”, Bozeman High School has adopted Biomedical Sciences curriculum. The program includes four courses: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and BMS Capstone. Bozeman High is the first high school in Montana to implement such a program and aims to encourage students to pursue careers in the health service sector.