STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A commission authored and investigated Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a work which addressed U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in the area of science and technology. Many of the ideas discussed by the commission were later captured in an article by Shirley Ann Jackson titled,Waking Up to the "Quiet Crisis" in the United States (read it here).
To address the commission's four recommendations, a STEM initiative was created in Maryland. As a result, the Carroll County Public School System is operating under a STEM Initiative grant issued by the Maryland State Department of Education. Additionally, STEM is an integral part of Maryland's Race to the Top application. As part of this this process lessons should allow for real life applications and problem solving using integrated content.
In Carroll County, STEM education integrates the content, processes, skills, and language of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through authentic, problem-based curriculum experiences. As a result, all students are prepared to pursue STEM-related courses of study and careers in order to be contributing members of the 21st century global community.
Through cross-curricular content, structure, and implementation we will
- Increase student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Increase student knowledge and understanding about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Increase student ability to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts and skills in integrated and meaningful ways.
Through collaborative professional development activities we will
- Increase the growth among educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to advance expertise in content and cross-curricular integration and implementation.
For more information contact:
Dr. Margaret Pfaff