STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is important because it pervades every part of our lives. While science is everywhere in the world around us, technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is not only the basic designs of architectures but also tackles the challenges of changing the global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home and mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
As we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important in today’s world. Students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past to succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society.
STEM education breaks the traditional gender roles and helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. STEM education and careers must be a national priority in order to compete in a global economy. Each and every decision made uses an aspect of STEM to understand the implications. Programs outside of school can help children to see that STEM is more than a class to finish. With the help of activities that show real-life implication of STEM, they can pull together the ideas presented in school and help to show how they benefit our society and even our world as a whole. Children can see that what they are learning now is pertinent to their future and the future of the whole world, creating an interest often lacking when learning new concepts that do not seem to carry real-world application.