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Full STEAM Ahead

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

The ideal future of U.S. STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team.

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Driving the STEAM Engine

To help meet the business needs of the future, students must be better prepared to step into STEM roles. With technology so prevalent across all industries and job types, virtually all students will need to be well-versed in STEM or STEAM. A recent report provides additional specifics around the types of skills and competencies that require focus now and into the future. What do you need to know?

Problem-solving. Interdisciplinary approaches. The value of discovery and play. These are all foundational to realizing the potential of STEM education, but significant gaps exist along racial and socioeconomic lines. The STEM 2016 report offers guidance on how schools might close these gaps, along with examples of areas around the country that are making strides in doing just that. There are a wide range of resources available to help school systems more forward.