According to the United States Department of Commerce, the growth of STEM-related jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) over the last 10 years was three times that of non-STEM fields. And while employment offers great motivation, it’s not the only reason STEM programs and curricula make sense for students. Putting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics together, rather than as separate instruction has major benefits as it engages students in problem solving and finding solutions.
STEM creates learning environments that allow students to be more active. Whenever that happens, students are engaged in their own learning, which is just what Dutchtown Primary is accomplishing. The Dutchtown Primary students collaborate by working in the school’s new garden together, and by creating simple machines and engineering robotic products. The school believes the STEM program will better prepare students for their future careers.
A member of the national science foundation states that “To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” At Dutchtown Primary, the STEM program allows teachers to provide an interdisciplinary and applied approach across the subjects which promotes integrated learning and enhances retention.
As society continues to evolve and become more technology based, the demand for more advanced learning tools in schools continues to grow, such as the robotics program Dutchtown Primary has implemented.
STEM may seem scary and complicated to younger students, but it is truly an engaging program that helps students turn their rudimentary, creative ideas into innovative creations. The tools to accomplish this program were purchased with the funds from the Community Cash for Schools® program.