The future success and leadership of the United States lies in the hands of our educational system and the students emerging with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. Compared to other developing countries, the United States falls short in terms of mathematics and science literacy as well as innovation-based competitiveness. With countries such as China far surpassing the United States in the numbers of STEM bachelor degrees awarded and the United State’s job market containing hundreds of thousands of unfilled STEM jobs, there needs to be an emphasis on the importance of STEM in our K-12 education system.
Methods to integrate STEM education into K-12 learning include Model-Eliciting Activities, which combine creative thinking, problem solving and self-critiquing in such ways as challenging students to produce a judging strategy based off the accuracy and flight time of paper airplanes. With these activities and other methods for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math, K-12 educators can help foster STEM education literacy and interest to the future university students of this country.
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