What Is STEM?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Rather than teaching the four streams as separate discreet subjects, this curriculum aims to integrate them into a close-knit learning model, based on practical real world applications. STEM aims to have an interdisciplinary and an application-oriented approach so as to give the students a more practical and holistic world-view, rather than restricting their abilities to a single discipline.
STEM is important, because it penetrates every aspect of our lives. It integrates four of the most important disciplines in the world right into one network, made to help each and every one of us in our daily lives. From the natural world to electronics to designing buildings to basic accounting, STEM incorporates everything. The practicality and the awareness inculcated in this curriculum, provides us with the tools to solve current challenges like global warming, transportation, eco-friendly machines, leading to new innovations, techniques and ideas with the intent of making this world a more sustainable place. STEM education is going to help us shape the future, as the life of each and every one of us revolves around these four disciplines. Providing a new perspective in these disciplines will only change our lives – for the better.
A plethora of jobs are opening up around the world, which come under the ‘STEM umbrella’. In India, more and more well trained and qualified people are graduating from STEM relevant fields, giving us a competitive edge at a global level. With the rate at which this industry is growing, only great things are in store for us. More opportunities globally, the power to shape the future, the chance to lead India into a more promising tomorrow is what STEM education provides. It is imperative in this country to give every student a chance to embrace the current technology and information, granting them a chance to excel, for themselves and for the future generations.