Published : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 3:38 PM
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that focuses on the promotion of innovative teaching and learning, challenging content and high student engagement. A STEM educated student is an innovative, self-reliant problem solver, a logical thinker, a technologically literate individual who is able to relate his or her own culture to the learning.
Why is STEM Education important?
A STEM education is important to help students solve real world problems; understand how things man-made work, and make math and science relevant. Through the integration of all the disciplines and 21st century learning skills, students will become more competitive in the global job market.
What are the 21st Century skills?
Twenty-first century skills include communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. According to Career analyst Daniel Pink, “Gone is the age of “left-brain” dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and emphatic “right- brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.”
Why do students need 21st Century skills?
Every child needs to be ready for the real world. Research has found that a profound gap exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they will need for success in their communities and future work place. In an effort to ensure success, schools must align classroom environment with real world application by ensuring that students achieve the essentials necessary for professional success and personal achievement.
Are other core subject areas taught?
A STEM curriculum offers classes in all subject areas, ensuring that students receive a solid foundation with specially designed classes and experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. English/Language Arts and Social Studies are vital to the balance of the curriculum. Students will also be able to choose from quality programs in the Arts, World Languages, and Physical Education.
The Pasadena Unified School District has 5 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, and 3 High School Academies that focus on STEM. Each school site focuses on creating interdisciplinary connections through Project Based Learning to fostering the science skills necessary for the students to be successful in college and career.
Click on the school name to go to each individual webpage to learn more about the school.
Washington STEAM Magnet Academy
For more information, contact Jodi Marchesso, M.Ed, National Certified STEM Teacher and PUSD STEM Curriculum Coach at (626) 396-3600 ext. 88463.