What is STEM?
STEM education refers to science, technology, engineering, and math, disciplines that are important not only for students but for the country in general. As these classes are often more demanding on students, STEM programs encourage students to enroll in and learn these subjects to improve international competitiveness in important fields.
The question of "Why STEM?" comes up in conversation quite often. The answer is complex, and often elusive. It can be qualified in regard to students practicing and using the 21st Century skills that are highly sought after by employers such as creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, self-direction, etc. It can be observed in classrooms and labs where students who are immersed in STEM learning are highly engaged in rigorous and relevant learning utilizing industry-grade tools, software, and output devices. But it can also be quantified with data.
Schools with STEM Programming
- Abrams Elementary
- Aragon Elementary
- Jordahl Elementary
- Eagleside Elementary
- Mesa Elementary
- Mountainside Elementary
- Patriot Elementary
- Weikel Elementary
- Fountain Middle School
- Carson Middle School
- Fountain-Fort Carson High School
- Sixty percent of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared with 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. (Source: National Science Foundation)
- Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation, with 24 federally-funded research labs. (Source: Colorado STEM Education Roadmap)