STEM Education 2016

STEM Education 2016

Date & Time

30 May 2016, 08:30 - 31 May 2016, 16:00


National Institute of Education (Exact room venue to be advised)


Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL)


Professional Development

Events Details

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has become a priority to many countries around the world as they look to build a STEM-educated workforce that helps them to stay globally competitive and can help in solving many of today’s global problems (e.g., food security or clean drinking water). Although STEM education has many interpretations, many support it as a “belief that promotes the teaching of STEM concepts, principles, and techniques in an integrated approach.”

When discussing STEM education, it often only refers to activities and experiences in the core subjects areas of math and science; seldom does it refer to the “technology and engineering” areas, the “T&E” of STEM. If true STEM integration is to occur, teachers must have a good basic understanding of the concepts and practices associated with technology and engineering. The importance of teaching “engineering” in primary and secondary education today has been clearly shown in the recent release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the U.S. In the NGSS, they make a commitment to integrate engineering design into the structure of science education by raising “engineering design” to the same level as scientific inquiry.

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