Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is designed to enhance the teaching of math and science subject areas by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum, to create multi-discipline. STEM encourages problem solving, discovery, exploration, and fosters students to actively engage a situation in order to find and create a solution. These skills are important to the development of high-level problem solving and will prepare today’s students for jobs in the 21st Century.
St. Mary of the Angels School has integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into the core curriculum. All St. Mary of the Angels students are exposed to STEM concepts starting as early as preschool and continuing throughout junior high.
Bee-bots and other material are employed beginning in Kindergarten to introduce and refine coding skills. Students take concepts learned in science class and create summative projects that demonstrate applications of knowledge. Examples of STEM projects include to build simple weather machines and utilizing design and engineering to create working instruments to study sound waves, and constructing LEGO machines to test Newton’s Laws in action.
Learning by doing is inviting and exciting which cultivates students to learn and remember more. Successful, hands-on experiences exploring engineering can have a major influence on motivation and confidence in learning. Ultimately, we hope to inspire students to challenge themselves and consider careers in STEM fields.