What is STEM?
The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education combines these areas in an integrated, problem-based approach to teaching and learning with an emphasis on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Why is STEM important?
STEM education increases student engagement by transforming the typical teacher-centered classroom through greater emphasis on student-centered curriculum that is driven by problem solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.
What are the benefits of STEM education?
Today’s world requires our work force to possess strong skills in critical thinking and working collaboratively; STEM education prepares students for these challenges and offers them expanded career opportunities in the 21st Century.
My child is not gifted...is STEM for her?
All students benefit from integrated STEM education; it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore subjects in greater depth. The hands-on nature of STEM instruction increases the likelihood of success among students of all learning styles and abilities.
Will reading and literacy still be taught?
Reading and literacy skills are the building blocks to all learning, and therefore are integral to successful STEM education. Literacy will continue to be a focus of teaching and learning as a stand-alone curriculum in addition to being integrated into STEM activities.
How do music and art fit into STEM?
Music and art play an important role in STEM education as they help nurture the creativity required for students to develop unique and innovative solutions to problems as well as to communicate their ideas effectively. No invention would be successful without attention to aesthetics--studying music and art gives students the ability to better present and market their solutions to engineering problems.
How is Lino preparing for the transition to integrated STEM education?
The Lino staff has been working on STEM curriculum development with the directors of the University of Minnesota STEM Education Center as well as with Cara Rieckenberg, the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. Over the summer many Lino teachers also took part in the Leadership in Engineering Education Institute at the Science Museum of Minnesota and in the Elementary Engineering Workshop at The Works.
If you have further questions about STEM, contact the principal of Lino Lakes Elementary STEM School, Ron Burris, at 651-982-8851.