Welcome to STEM
What is STEM Education?
STEM is the idea of educating students in four different areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Rather than teach them as four different subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning style that is design-based, and has real-world applications.
There is a focus on STEM today because 28% of high school freshman declare an interest in a STEM-related field, but 57% of those students lose interest by high school graduation [US Dept. Ed. source]. The goal is to get American students into the top of the pack in the international arena.
Projections are for 8.65 million American workers needed in STEM-related jobs by 2018 [source]. STEM jobs do not all require higher education or even a college degree. However, a bachelors degree helps with entry-level jobs and a higher then average advertised salary [source]
What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning and project-based environment showing how these disciplines can be applied to every day life.
Finally a STEM curriculum is aimed toward attracting underrepresented poplulations such as female students. The gap is increasing between males pursuing a college STEM degree and their female counterparts.
How can I get involved?
- your intellect in learning about STEM to see if it is a fit for your son/daughter or family member
- your effort to encourage students to try and see if STEM interests them
- your prayers for any age student you know exploring if the world of STEM is for them
- your personal energy in volunteering at LLHS for STEM Club or STEM Camp
- your time in mentoring a student at LLHS or anywhere who is exploring the world of STEM
- your money in assisting LLHS in starting and enhancing a STEM based education
- your thoughts by communicating interesting STEM ideas to educators and students