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What is STEM?

What is STEM?

Jill Hare | Editor,

STEM is a common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

There are different ways that STEM is associated within the education field.

STEM subjects are taught in K-12 education classes in the United States. Students are instructed in science, computers, and math in the primary grades and may be introduced to concepts of engineering and they approach secondary education. Technology plays a role in schools in all of these subjects. Departments of education are constantly trying to make sure that these subjects are taught well and with the latest research available, encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM. Many experts say that American students need to reach high levels of achievement in STEM learning to maintain competitiveness globally.

STEM careers are careers that students might pursue after they graduate from college. These careers in fields that develop and innovate using skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The progression of the fields of study help our country stay competitive and innovative.

STEM teachers exist at both the K-12 and college level. These teachers of science, technology, engineering and math help students learn and encourage them to gain and explore knowledge in these fields. Read more about these careers in STEM career profiles.

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