S.T.E.M. Stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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Why these areas?  New innovations and inventions today tend to be made at the boundaries of these disciplines. 

“The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are collectively considered the core technological foundation of an advanced society and an indicator of a society's ability to sustain itself and prosper.”
-(Broadcom Foundation)

 “Since the beginning, there has been increasing research and education focused on how learning and knowledge in one of these disciplines supports gains in each of the others. Beyond just an acronym representing four independent subject areas, STEM has been defined as an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.“
-(Spillane, 2014)

"The STEM approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum by creating a 'meta-discipline'. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by the problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution."
-(Dr. Patricia Fioriello, 2011)

“STEM skills and lessons are connected to everything we do. A strong math and science foundation is important, but the skills learned through a high-quality, integrated, project-based STEM program teach much more than the subjects of math, science, engineering and technology – they teach skills that are vital to a successful job, career and life. STEM, as an integrated and applied way of learning, helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills – skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.

 A 2012 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions. These findings clearly support the need for implementing high-quality STEM programs in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.”
-(Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of Project Lead the Way; June 27, 2014 blog)

What is Integrative STEM (iSTEM)?

Integrative STEM education refers to technological/engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate the concepts and practices of science and/or mathematics education with the concepts practices of technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education may be enhanced through further integration with other school subjects, such as language arts, social studies, art, etc. -(Sanders & Wells, 2006).

 Interactive STEM Education:

  • is appropriate for all K-PhD students;
  • is not intended to supplant S, T, E, & M teachers in one or more classrooms/class periods;
  • May be implemented during and/or after the normal school day; and
  • should be thoughtfully and effectively articulated across multiple school grades/bands
    -(Sanders, 2012)



 “Since the beginning, there has been increasing research and education focused on how learning and knowledge in one of these disciplines supports gains in each of the others. Beyond just an acronym representing four independent subject areas, STEM has been defined as an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.“
-(Spillane, 2014)

"The STEM approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum by creating a 'meta-discipline'. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by the problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution."
-(Dr. Patricia Fioriello, 2011)

“STEM skills and lessons are connected to everything we do. A strong math and science foundation is important, but the skills learned through a high-quality, integrated, project-based STEM program teach much more than the subjects of math, science, engineering and technology – they teach skills that are vital to a successful job, career and life. STEM, as an integrated and applied way of learning, helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills – skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.

 A 2012 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions. These findings clearly support the need for implementing high-quality STEM programs in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.”
-(Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of Project Lead the Way; June 27, 2014 blog)

What is Integrative STEM (iSTEM)?

Integrative STEM education refers to technological/engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate the concepts and practices of science and/or mathematics education with the concepts practices of technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education may be enhanced through further integration with other school subjects, such as language arts, social studies, art, etc. -(Sanders & Wells, 2006).

 Interactive STEM Education:

  • is appropriate for all K-PhD students;
  • is not intended to supplant S, T, E, & M teachers in one or more classrooms/class periods;
  • May be implemented during and/or after the normal school day; and
  • should be thoughtfully and effectively articulated across multiple school grades/bands
    -(Sanders, 2012)