Many of the careers today’s students will hold don’t exist yet. The STEM movement aims to reinforce mathematical and scientific skills students need to be successful in today’s job market. According to a study from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, 20 percent of all U.S. jobs require a high level of knowledge in the STEM field.
This link from Education Week breaks down exactly what STEM means (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and provides six characteristics of a great STEM lesson.
Here are (my favorites!) two of the six characteristics to keep in mind when planning a STEM lesson:
●STEM lessons focus on real-world issues and problems.
●STEM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration.