What is STEM?

For many, the term “STEM” is loaded with meaning. The term can refer to the professions related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Or, it can refer to the educational practices that schools and other institutions use to prepare youth to enter those professions. In free-choice learning settings, all ages can explore STEM – not just students. And, social connections, practical skills, and creativity become integral parts of STEM learning.

What does STEM mean to you?

The definitions found in this document were provided by the members of the Partners for Middle School STEM Advisory Group convening on 9/21/18.

Notes were provided courtesy of the Urban Libraries Council.

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