Stem Education And The Federal Government

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There is a lot of attention placed on STEM education from businesses and the federal government. First, this paper will explain what STEM is, how it came to be, and the reasons behind the urgency to implement this program in schools as early as kindergarten across the United States. Then this paper will address any potential issues for this plan, and how STEM can be a benefit the future of education.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. When talking about STEM education, it means incorporating these four subjects into school curriculums (NSF, 2015). Rather than teach these subjects individually, STEM education involves teaching all these subjects together. Instead of presenting this information to the students in a lecture form, they will learn this information in a hands-on environment. This allows students to explore through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. This type of learning is ascribed to the constructivist philosophy. The constructivist theory states that children actively create their own knowledge or reality based on interactions with people and things. In a constructivist classroom, the teacher is more a facilitator who encourages social learning where the children collaborate. Two well-known constructivist theorists are Vygotsky and Piaget ((Bullard, 2014, p. 71).
According to Eberle, of the National Science Teachers Association, when you deliver science, math, technology and engineering in a series that builds upon the other, it…

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