Research-Based Practices for Engaging Students in STEM Learning
Innovative and effective practices at Cleveland's MC2 STEM High School are driving learning and higher achievement for students in a district where every student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.
BY VANESSA VEGA
The STEM School Movement
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) specialty schools have existed in the United States for over 100 years, fueled in the 1950s by the Cold War space race and recently reinvigorated by concern over U.S. students' modest performance in math and science as compared to their international peers (Means et al., 2008). This is troubling because, according to the National Research Council (2011), 'more than half of the tremendous growth to per capita income in the 20th century can be accounted for by U.S. advances in science and technology.'
New York Times, October 4, 2010
STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers
By NATALIE ANGIER
If you want to talk about bolstering science and math education in this country, I'll gladly break out my virtual pompoms and go rah. Who wouldn't? Our nation's economy, global allure and future tense all depend on the strength of its scientific spine.
But mention the odious and increasingly pervasive term 'STEM education,' and instead of cheerleading gear, I reach for my ... pistil. In my disgruntlement, I am not alone.
For readers who heretofore have been spared exposure to this little concatenation of capital letters, or who have, quite understandably, misconstrued its meaning, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, supposedly the major food groups of a comprehensive science education.