STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach these subjects separately, STEM programs integrate them, using real-world situations.
What separates STEM from traditional math and science education is the blending of these subjects, along with showing students how they can be applied to everyday life. By focusing on real world situations, STEM increases your child’s understanding of, appreciation for and enjoyment of these subjects. STEM education can begin as early as elementary school and continue through high school.
STEM programs can be especially important for girls, because they are historically under represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics college majors, as well as careers that require the use of these disciplines. According to STEMconnector.com, women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy today, but they hold less than 25 percent of jobs in (STEM) fields. A well-run STEM Program can help close this gap.
More and more programs are popping up all over the U.S. focused on offering STEM programs for kids. KidGooRoo has the most complete listing of kids STEM programs, classes and camps available online, with ratings and reviews from parents like you.