STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is hot these days, but Math Hub’s David Dockterman worries that “schools become satisfied with students doing fun projects like building model bridges and designing software games, and they neglect the rigor of the science and math that make the bridges and games work.”
. . . Technology and Engineering are vehicles for engaging with, learning, and applying the Science and Math. Students need to know how and why things work so that they can use the concepts in other compelling (and mundane) situations. The National Research Council report — Taking Science to School — from a few years ago does a nice job of summarizing how hands-on science often became a fun manipulative experience for students. They looked very engaged, but they typically couldn’t explain the science.
Some say STEM really means science and math with little technology and no engineering education.