S.T.E.M. classes gaining traction in public education

by Ellie Higgs, Features

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What does the acronym STEM mean?
S: Sciences
T: Technologies
E: Engineering
M: Mathematics

The S.T.E.M. program is a renewed emphasis on these classes aimed at getting children involved in and interested careers in the related fields.

The subjects which comprise S.T.E.M. programs have been forgotten and seen as boring, a waste of time, and subjects that have nothing to do with life and growing up.

In our school, and in schools across the country, a lot of people see these programs as not “cool” because they are not related to football or another popular sport, nor are they seen as classes which offer creativity or “fun.”

S.T.E.M. programs have drastically decreased in numbers due to lack of interest.

Although the S.T.E.M. programs are for all people, they have particularly lost a lot of members among females.

Women are being told that they do not belong in these programs because careers like engineering and technology are man’s work and have to do with heavy lifting and stuff only men can figure out because they are stereotyped the “superior” gender.

The S in S.T.E.M. stands for sciences, and it emphasizes careers, not just in sciences in a laboratory but also doctors, nurses, astronauts, NASA scientists, and many more. The sciences are a wonderful place for people to learn because new things are being discovered daily and there are always new things that need discovering. For all we know, the next great cancer researcher could be out there, being pushed away from the sciences because it is not cool and it isn’t something they believe is important in life.

The T in S.T.E.M. stands for technologies. The technology in the world is only growing due to new ideas being thought of, ideas such as how to waterproof phones or cameras, or how to make a phone take pictures as amazing as an expensive camera. So many things could be discovered, but not if we are lacking the numbers of students we need in that program.

The E stands for engineering, and it is currently a male dominated area of work and study. This is all because it is believed that it only has to do with building things, such buildings, bridges, machines, and cars. That is not true.

Engineering has to do with math and a lot of computer work. Chemical, genetic, and biomedical engineers are needed in the rapidly changing 21st century workplace. Women are more than capable of doing this work because women have become more independent in fields of study as well as life in general.

Finally, the M stands for mathematics, which ties together all of the other programs. It does this because, in all of the other programs, math has to do with everything.

In science, students have to be able to work with numbers so all calculations are correct. In technologies, people have to be able to code to get things correct. They must know how to use the numbers in codes to make sure all of the measurements on a screen are correct.

In engineering, in order to build items, workers have to be able to measure correctly in order for all of the pieces to fit correctly.

So if a career in science, technology, engineering, or math interests you, be sure to take as many S.T.E.M. classes as possible while you are in high school.

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