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About STEM  

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise. This enables the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.

Evidence shows that inquiry-based and technology-infused curriculum units increase test scores as well as lead to a greater likelihood of a career choice in a STEM field, a growing need in America.

The STEM acronym was first coined by the National Science Foundation in the early 1990s and refers to any policy, event, curriculum, or education program dealing with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Integrating STEM in K-12 education is becoming a priority. STEM education is aimed at preparing students for the challenges of the 21stcentury. Students need skills of adaptability, complex communication, social, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking. An integrative, applications-based STEM education program will give our students these skills and prepare them to become creative and innovative problem solvers, researchers, engineers, and designers.

As Cornerstone Christian Academy seeks to include STEM enhancements throughout the school’s curriculum and increases the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas, we wanted to keep parents and students updated as to what we are accomplishing!

STEM Facts

  • STEM jobs are predicted to increase 10 percent over the next ten years.
  • Non-STEM jobs are predicted to grow by only 4 percent.
  • The wage disparity or gap between STEM and Non-STEM jobs is $9.55 per hour.
  • Countries other than the United States are producing many more scientists and engineers than the United States.
  • Projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs by 2018.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be:
    • Computing – 71 percent
    • Traditional Engineering – 16 percent
    • Physical sciences – 7 percent
    • Life sciences – 4 percent
    • Mathematics – 2 percent
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