STEM FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about STEM Education. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

What is STEM Education?
STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of
behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which are expected of a proficient STEM student. These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.
What is a STEM proficient student?
STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.
Which students should develop STEM proficiency?
STEM education is for all students. STEMBestPractice.Com is focused on strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. STEM Standards of Practice and the associated framework documents are designed to increase the proficiency of all students in STEM and grow the number of students who are well prepared for post-secondary study and careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
How does STEM Education connect to content?
The foundation of STEM education is in content. The required content for STEM education is found in content standards. How teachers should deal with that content in the learning environment is found in the Maryland State STEM Standards of practice.
Where does STEM education fit in the school day?
STEM education complements the continuum of content instruction that would occur during a school day. STEM education does not disrupt, displace, or add on to curricular pacing. As a result, STEM education should be a seamless fit into content instruction

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