STEM is an educational acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Traditionally, math and science have been taught independently of each other. A student learned math during math class and science during science class. If a technology or engineering course was offered at all, it was offered as either a vocational course or an afterschool program. STEM curriculum combines science, math, engineering and technology (and art) into an integrated learning experience.
During STEM lessons, students participate in project-based, collaborative activities that require applied math and science to problem-solve, research, engineer, innovate, and design real-world solutions for real-world problems. Appropriate tools and technologies are used throughout. At Girard, STEM curriculum is used to supplement and support the concepts and skills students are learning and developing in their math and science courses.
What does STEM Education look like?
Although STEM programs and initiatives look a little different in every classroom and in every school, there are some components that are consistent in most STEM lessons and activities. Students work collaboratively. Activities are hands-on. Real world problems are at the core. Math and science are applied to solve problems. Use of technologies and tools is transparent and tools are used in context.
Step Up to STEM Initiatives
Thanks to the generous support of both local and national grantors, as well as local university and non-profit support, Girard College has been able to fund and implement the following STEM initiatives: