Introduction to STEM
This semester-length high school elective introduces students to the four areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through an interdisciplinary approach that will increase awareness, build knowledge, develop problem solving skills, and potentially awaken an interest in pursuing a career in STEM. Students will be introduced to the history, fundamental principles, applications, processes, and concepts of STEM. Students will explore some of the great discoveries and innovations in STEM and review and analyze some of the world's problems that still exist today.
Students are introduced to several computer applications used to analyze and present technical or scientific information. They will also gain a higher understanding of the uses for images and measurement in everyday life. Finally, students will be challenged to use a selection of problem- solving strategies to solve a wide variety of unique problems representative of the kinds of strategies frequently used in these disciplines. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to gain a better awareness of their specific strengths through practical applications and awareness of the various careers in STEM.
- Understand the STEM field along with the concepts, theories, practical applications, and STEM careers.
- Compare and contrast the different fields in STEM education, and examine the impact STEM education has on the world by reviewing some of the great STEM innovations and inventions.
- Describe the roles, duties, educational requirements, salaries, and outlook for different STEM careers.
- Formulate solutions to various world problems by conducting scientific experiments, collecting and analyzing the results of various experiments, and applying technology.
For topics in this course, students should have a basic knowledge of the STEM field: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and its importance in the world. They should also understand that people in the STEM field are dedicated to resolving and improving societal, economic, and environmental problems.