STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It also defines a collaborative learning approach and incorporates blended learning concepts. STEM originated in 2001 in the U.S. serving the purpose to enhance the learning capabilities of students. Besides, it also caters to the changing dynamics of the global economy.
For instance, the emergence of automation has taken over a large proportion of manual jobs in the manufacturing and engineering sector and on the other hand, as technology is progressing there are new job profiles emerging in the market every year. However, with the lack of essential skills, there remains a gap in mapping the right job with the right talent. Hence, STEM constitutes an umbrella term to minimize learning gaps and empower the learning foundation right from K12 to colleges & universities.
Why is STEM Important?
The demand for STEM qualifications is on growing spree in several countries. Globally, around 60-75% of employers in the job markets prefer STEM-qualified individuals. Since its emergence and integration into educational frameworks, STEM has received a lot of reception from the youth in the past few years and produced enormous traction in educational spheres. Therefore, STEM has created a value chain in the educational industry that aims at bridging the knowledge gaps from a technical yet creative perspective and empowering learners with problem-solving skills, and helping them adapt according to the needs of the industry.
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STEAM at a Glance
After all these years, STEM has become a buzzword in the education sector with its implications in the educational technology sector being far-reaching. However, a similar term emerged – STEAM.
STEAM adds the ‘A’ in the STEM that is referred to as ‘Arts’, and this addition plays a vital role in shaping the future of youth. The inclusion of Arts in STEM arose out of the need for critical and creative thinking. Along with problem-solving, innovation, and digital literacy, STEAM empowers critically creative thinking skills in learners. A high number of schools in the U.S. are now facilitating Art activities as a part of the learning curriculum and setting a more defined pedagogy approach.
STEAM has been recognized widely as a movement to enhance the STEM framework by adding more sense of creativity. The STEAM approach enables the learners to remain effective with the learning concepts and sharpen their focus on art subjects under multidisciplinary learning modules.
Role of Digital Technologies in STEM/STEAM
Educational technology is a booming field and with the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in education, the approach toward STEM is getting more streamlined as long as the fundamentals of blended learning are getting incorporated. With the help of AI, STEM can be virtually implemented to present learning ideas and empower online learning values. For instance, AI can help reduce learning barriers through the integration of cloud technologies. Moreover, it also empowers collaboration between students, and teachers. Therefore, the role of digital technologies can add to more productivity for teachers and students.
Frank Herbert once said, “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” The purpose of learning remains not only limited to the possession of knowledge but the passion to use it. With STEM and STEAM approaches getting embedded in the educational frameworks, it empowers a learner to define learning objectives precisely and encourages them with implementing the outcomes with more simplicity.
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