STEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
Advances in science and engineering are essential for ensuring America's and Hawaii's economic growth and national security. During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. STEM is infused within every facet of our society and plays a major role in determining Hawaii' future viability. STEM education develops tomorrow's innovators who will overcome the unforeseen challenges in healthcare, public safety, the economy and the environment.