The NSF (National Science Foundation) uses a broader definition of STEM to include the fields of Chemistry, Computer and Information Technology Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Psychology and Sociology). STEM education in the US has received quite a bit of attention recently due to the decline in the number of US students graduating and entering the science and engineering fields. For the United States to remain competitive on the world stage we need to do a better job exciting and encouraging students to enter scientific fields of study. New and emerging scientific fields such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and robotics offer students opportunities that never existed before. As K12 educators we have the ability to engage students and show them what opportunities are available to them when they leave and enter college. Below are a few websites that have resource and ideas on how to engage students and possibly spark an interest in one of the scientific fields.
- 10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to School
- PBS Teachers – STEM Education Resource Center
- Computational Thinking – Operational Definition – ISTE
- STEM on Station – NASA