by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network
If you ask five people to define STEM education, you’ll probably get five different answers. The reality is there is no single definition! The STEMx network thinks about it this way:
STEM 1.0 = the acronym for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – each important in its own right
STEM 2.0 = integrated STEM, a transdisciplinary approach which may include problem-based learning, design projects, and other experiential methods
STEM 3.0 = Strategies That Engage Minds®, coined by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center to reflect the hands-on, active involvement in STEM education that promotes essential cognitive skills for the 21st century
STEMx is focused on advancing policy, practice and partnerships which help enable STEM 2.0 and 3.0. Experts collaborating with networks in states including California, Colorado, Idaho, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington contributed in some way to the STEM Integration in K-12 Education report now available in final form from the National Academies.
Looking for a resource to help explain the idea of integrated STEM which engages minds? Check out this brief National Academies video and see what you think!