The STEM program at Abrams incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Students use the Engineering Design process steps to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve a problem or task. Students also learn to collaborate, compromise and problem-solve with their peers. Every student in the school now has access to a STEM curriculum during the Related Arts rotation. The fourth and fifth-grade students at Abrams have an opportunity to participate in the school STEM club which competes at a district-level competition in the spring.
The question of "Why STEM?" comes up in conversation quite often. The answer is complex and often elusive. It can be qualified in regard to students practicing and using the 21st Century skills that are highly sought after by employers such as creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, self-direction, etc. It can be observed in classrooms and labs where students who are immersed in STEM learning are highly engaged in rigorous and relevant learning utilizing industry-grade tools, software, and output devices. But it can also be quantified with data.
Learn more about our district-wide STEM program here.
Did you know that...
- Sixty percent of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared with 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. (Source: National Science Foundation)
- Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation, with 24 federally-funded research labs. (Source: Colorado STEM Education Roadmap)