What is STEM education?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education focuses on incorporating these four disciplines with an emphasis on problem solving and project-based learning.
Introducing students to STEM educational experiences at an early age can help develop logic and reasoning skills as well as foster life-long learning that supports overall academic growth.
STEAM is an evolved version of STEM, where the “A” stands for Arts. The addition of this discipline seeks to expand the limits of STEM education, promote inclusivity, and encourage problem-solving, independent thinking, and collaboration.
How can your student benefit from STEM education?
Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are on the rise. A K12-powered online STEM education can help your student build a strong and well-rounded foundation that fosters active learning, curiosity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork — essential skills that help them throughout their academic careers and support them in the professional world.
Introducing your students to STEM education promotes their personal development and academic growth while developing the mindset and skills to help them become better learners. K12’s online STEM education is an overarching, interdisciplinary approach that engages your student in hands-on learning with implications for the real world.
How can your student use STEM in the real world?
STEM extends far beyond the classroom. There are many places where STEM shows up in the real world, and many students already unknowingly engage with it in their day-to-day routines. Highlighting how everyday experiences can relate to their STEM education is another way of augmenting an online STEM program.
Simple activities like making DIY cleaning products, cooking, or baking are examples of how STEM principles can be applied to things we already do. Naturally integrating STEM education into your student’s life can empower them to be curious and explore imaginative solutions.
Careers in STEM
Students who follow a STEM-based education program gain experiences that help prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Plus, the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they develop are widely applicable across career paths and industries.
Students studying in a STEM field can expect job security, job growth, a competitive salary, and cutting-edge positions where they can make a difference.
For K12-powered students interested in exploring career possibilities, there are a number of career and college prep pathways they can pursue while still in school. Pathways such as Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources, Engineering & Manufacturing, Health Sciences, and Information Technology can introduce STEM students to the opportunities awaiting them after graduation.
Some Exciting Careers in STEM:
- Marine biologist
- Software developer
- Biomedical engineer
- Environmental scientist
- and so many more!
STEM in K12’s Curriculum
K12’s curriculum is grounded in the principles of how students learn. Our online learning platform uses the power and convenience of technology to make learning exciting, compelling, and accessible.
K12’s online curriculum offers math and science courses as well as STEM activities for middle school and high school students. Many other courses include exercises, labs, and projects that involve various STEM disciplines.
Our lesson content focuses on integrating all four STEM disciplines to engage students and prepare them for the possibility of applying these principles to careers or other real-life situations.
STEM in K12’s Extracurricular Activities
At K12, we know that a student’s education extends beyond the classroom, and we understand the importance of student socialization. When it comes to STEM education, we offer several STEM clubs* and activities as opportunities for students to connect with peers and teachers over a shared educational interest.
Our clubs, activities, projects, and challenges supplement an online STEM program. They provide enrichment and encourage learners of all ages to make new friends, explore common passions, discover new ideas, and expand their online education experience.
Examples of STEM Clubs:
- Caring for Animals
“I’ve always been a hands-on person. So that’s one reason I’ve always liked science.”✝︎
“I’ve always wanted to help people.”**
For more stories of K12-powered students finding success with online schooling, explore our Day in the Life features.
Empower Your Student with STEM Education at K12-Powered Schools
A STEM education can spark new passions and interests in your student as well as teach them skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. At K12, we incorporate STEM into our curriculum to provide a well-rounded education and support students in their academic growth.
Explore our programs to see what might be the best fit for your student.
Learn More About STEM Education
STEM and STEAM focused education approaches are a great way to get students excited about learning. We’ve put together lots of information and resources here so you can learn about and navigate through the many possibilities.
*Clubs vary yearly and by school.
**Kierra is a 2020 student at Destinations Career Academy of Coloradoand her statement reflects her experience at her school.
✝︎ Joshua is a 2019 student at a K12-powered school in Washington, D.C. and his statement reflects his experience at his school.