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Enrichment Programs, STEM/STEAM

Enrichment in education refers to the climate and environment that a student experiences in a classroom or at a school. Enrichment is measurable, and there are several ways to further the enrichment of students. Some strategies in order to help students become better enriched include more physical activity to develop motor skills, coherent complexity as opposed to chaotic complexity, social support in the school and home as well as the community and sufficient time to learn. Other factors include challenging learning, good nutrition at home and school and the ability to manage stress levels before they have the ability to become a problem.
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STEM/STEAM  "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" "Arts"

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. Programs like Engineering For Kids integrates multiple classes to provide opportunities to see how concepts relate to life in order to hopefully spark a passion for a future career in a STEM field. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn.

Why STEM?

“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.”

STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.