Here are the answers from Twitter to "What is STEM? How do you explain it to someone? Different if they are in education or not?"
Now there were some who gave me very "smart" answers:
- @evmaiden: a stem is a part of a plant that supports the plant above soil
- @web20classroom: Science Technology Engineering and Math. Is that a trick question? :)
I was impressed (and very thankful) to receive so many great ideas to answer my question:
- @eva_teach: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - I am not sure how to define it, but I can describe it.
- @bebener: STEM is a sustainable culture of learning...
- @bebener: maths is the language of science, engineering optimizes technology...
- @bebener: technology defines current reality, science creates new knowledge using technology
- @jottingmatt: STEM: education focusing on connecting science, tech, engineering, and math. "Look at NASA..." is what I tell my non-edu friends.
- @jottingmatt: STEM is also integrating TPCK model/concept into our everyday curriculum - for those of us in education.
- @pressn4truth: The science community is aware of STEM. @FoxNews had a spot about it earlier.
- @web20classroom: STEM is the preparing kids for jobs and a future unknown. It is a part of total learning experience. It is not THE learning experience.
The discussions we had around definitions seemed to boil down to skills such as:
- critical thinking
I also think the response from @eva_teach about knowing how to describe it but not define it seems to fit my thinking too. So even though I don't really have an exact answer to share with you to the question in the title, the ideas shared with me are making me think (and even re-think) about STEM ...
*On a side note, I really enjoy finding and sharing STEM-related resources, I have written a blog post previously with some linked resources and would love to find out about more, so if you have some you recommend, please send them my way!!
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