How can teachers harness the power of STEM education and learning in the primary curriculum? This book gives practical STEM ideas for the classroom and supports teachers to make the most of opportunities for rich STEM experiences across the primary curriculum. This book: – Explores the nature of STEM education and why it matters – Highlights the opportunities for STEM learning across the curriculum – Supports teachers to design and innovate engaging STEM learning experiences – Includes a chapter on STEM in the early years.
Introduction: What is Stem education?
The term STEM is used to describe science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and related disciplines and applications. In school, science, mathematics, computing, and design and technology (D&T) are distinct subjects, and engineering rarely features. In the workplace, science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used together to solve practical challenges and enable modern society to operate. From the infrastructure of our homes and society (energy, water, telecommunications, travel, etc.) to the design of cities, buildings, vehicles and technical equipment (clothing, washing machines, food), STEM experts work together to meet the needs and aspirations of modern society. STEM education is concerned with raising awareness of the importance and relevance of STEM in our ...