STEM is an acronym for the four disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM includes both formal (classroom) instruction and informal (afterschool) education across all grade levels (Pre-K-12).
STEM education involves the study of science and mathematics, and the meaningful integration of technology and engineering to provide opportunities for innovative problem solving. Using the engineering design process, students identify problems, develop and test possible solutions, and ultimately reach a solution. The integration of mathematics, science, and engineering practices used in conjunction with digital literacy will help students recognize and utilize the variety of perspectives that may be tapped into to help unravel complex inquiries.