What is STEM?
In the 1990s the National Science Foundation married Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the acronym STEM. Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources division, is credited with coining the term. The traditional science and mathematics subjects that we grow up with are recognized as the bookends and enablers for the applied subjects of technology and engineering. After years of research educators understand that these subjects cannot and should not be taught in isolation. Curriculum is being adjusted in attempts to integrate the subjects and implement this approach. As professionals we know that they do not exist in isolation in the workforce.
The US STEM Foundation recognizes that many STEM activities don’t always fit well into the confines of classroom time. We seek to assist in implementing this concept by supporting extracurricular hands-on activities that allow students to explore and apply these subjects.