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What is STEM education?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is an integrated, interdisciplinary, and student-centered approach to learning that encourages curiosity, creativity, artistic expression, collaboration, computational thinking, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and design thinking.

Why is STEM education important?

Businesses are growing in Pennsylvania, and they want skilled and well-educated workers who are prepared for the 21st century economy. Students need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce and be successful in a tech-driven, global economy.

STEM in Pennsylvania

STEM education in Pennsylvania is built on the following foundational beliefs:

  • All students are capable of STEM literacy;
  • Iteration and reflection are an important part of the STEM learning process;
  • STEM education transcends the classroom walls, integrating into the community; and
  • Success depends upon the partnership between educators, students, families, postsecondary providers, legislators, business, and industry.​​

STEM Ec​​osystems in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has nine nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems that engage learners of all ages. The​se ecosystems connect communities, provide the architecture for cross-sector teaching and learning, and help create STEM learning opportunities and experiences.​