The STEM abbreviation is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The first letter of each learning subject is used to make the word STEM and it is pronounced as a word itself. But, that doesn’t mean the STEM learning programs are all about what’s underneath a flower bud, it is a specialized teaching program.
Now that you understand the STEM abbreviation, you might suspect that the STEM program centers around the subjects that make up the word STEM. You are 100% right. But, this is a new way of teaching these subjects that has shown to be more effective in learning than the ways of teaching in the past.
When a learning program is a STEM program, it is teaching all of the subjects at the same time. A student might be learning something about a science project or discovery and then switch to learning a mathematical equation that will help understand the science project. In order to completely understand the scientific mission to discover what is on the surface of Mars, part of the lesson might be the engineering of the rocket to get us there.
How STEM came about is an interesting topic in itself. Fewer and fewer students are going into these careers in the past few years. The US used to be a leader in these fields, but there is far less interest by students in choosing science, technology, engineering and math as a career path today. So, STEM was created to make these subjects more intuitive and interesting in order to get students interested in choosing them as careers. So far, it is working great!
Lumen Learning Center has STEM programs available periodically and the classes fill up quickly. If your child would enjoy learning these subjects in a breaking all the old rules sort of way, give us a call to find out when our next STEM class is open.