STEM Skills Are Life Skills

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. They’re individual subjects, but are inseparably linked—something we at KnowAtom believe creates a perfect opportunity to spark higher order thinking.

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How STEM Connects

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Science is knowledge gained from experimentation. Scientists build scientific knowledge by identifying questions and answering them with experiments that confirm or refute their claims.

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Engineering solves problems by using scientific knowledge to create new technologies. Engineers are often seen as the link between scientific discoveries and how those discoveries are used to fill specific needs in the world.

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Technology gives us the tools to think deeper and create new experiments. And technology’s not just electronics—it’s doorknobs and medicine, screws and smart phones—the everyday and the extraordinary.

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Math is the tool we use to capture observations, analyze information, and communicate findings to others. It’s at the center of the STEM relationship, helping everyone understand and replicate each other’s findings.

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The Bottom Line

STEM skills are life skills—the ability to question and solve problems, hypothesize and experiment, prototype solutions and measure results, create new things the world has never seen, and communicate to others why they work—all skills that help all students approach their learning and eventually their careers with a critical mindset.

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