Many feel that when people refer to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) they are really just talking about science and math. Technology and engineering often get put aside in K-12 classrooms to focus on the fundamentals of science and mathematics. However, things are starting to change. As the need for students with engineering and technology skills increases the need to teach students these skills before they reach college has become apparent.
EdWeek mentions a number of initiatives to bring the T and E in STEM that are gaining momentum in classrooms across the country. Tens of thousands of classrooms are now using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum materials developed by Boston’s own Museum of Science. The new common standards also have a greater focus on engineering skills and an engineering based Advanced Placement (AP) course may be in the works.