In the elementary grades, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content and the STEM Standards of Practice, while engaged in learning activities that investigate the natural world. Students explore technology and engineering solutions and appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real life issues and solve problems or challenges. As students progress through elementary school they will begin to independently integrate the STEM Standards of Practice. They will understand how to apply the roles and views of STEM career professionals and analyze real world STEM issues, problems, or challenges as they incorporate STEM content, skills, and practices and other disciplines such as Foreign Language (Spanish), social studies, performing arts, health, and creative movement.
Elementary STEM education:
Provides the introductory and foundational STEM courses that lead to success in challenging and applied courses in secondary grades.
- Introduces awareness of STEM fields and occupations.
- Provides standards-based, structured inquiry-based and real-world problem-based learning that interconnects STEM subjects.
- Stimulates student interest in “wanting to” rather than “having to” take further STEM related courses.
- Bridges and connects in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.