STEM is the New Three R’s

In a world of twitter and texting, it is not uncommon to find creative abbreviations for large words or series of phrases. But in the case of STEM, it is an abbreviation for a very large concept. 

STEM has become a common acronym, particularly among policy advocates and government officials, to refer to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term is commonly used in relation to the nation’s economic competitiveness and the related need for education programs in support of future generations.

STEM was started by Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s education and human-resources division. This approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum. By adopting the STEM philosophy science, engineering, and mathematics fields are made complete by the technology component that provides a creative and innovative way to problem solve and apply what has been learned.

At Classroom Antics we agree that technology is more than just a field of study itself, it is also a way to bring creativity and understanding to other fields of study. We have also found in our camps and programs that kids also are able to use Stop Motion Animation technology to explore the Arts.

While some still feel technology is something that should be taught when the kids are much older, many experts agree that one of the keys to success of STEM is starting at the K-12 level. Since Classroom Antics creation back in 2007, we have developed our technology offering focused on younger students ages 7-13. We have found that younger students not only have the ability to learn using technology, but also the ability to learn from each other, fostering team building skills in addition to STEM skills.

STEM is not a replacement for the three R’s, it is more like an extension of them. It is an attempt to acknowledge that in today’s world and more importantly for the future, our children need a more well-rounded curriculum with exciting and innovative technology.