Why Your STEM Curriculum Needs to Be More Than Just Math and Science

stem curriculum

STEM jobs are the future of our economy. To set up our children for success, we need to teach them about science, technology, engineering, and math at a young age.

While many schools have prioritized math and science courses for decades, it’s not so common to see an emphasis on engineering or technology. Although math and science are important elements of STEM learning, you need more than those two elements to create a standout STEM curriculum.

What Is a STEM Curriculum?

STEM stands for ​​science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It includes much more than just traditional science projects and math test scores. An important aspect of teaching a STEM curriculum is helping students get hands-on practice solving real-world problems.

In a middle or elementary school STEM curriculum, kids are often encouraged to explore engineering, technology, and even medical applications through exciting activities and lessons that will prepare them for the workforce of the future.

Why STEM Curriculum Needs to Go Beyond Math and Science

Math and science are important elements of STEM, but they shouldn’t make up the entire STEM curriculum. Adding in engineering problem-solving, coding, and other activities helps students acquire a well-rounded education and see why their education matters.

STEM studies encourage innovation, literacy, and creative and critical thinking. A hands-on approach to learning allows students to explore their education in-depth and think outside of the box.

How to Develop a Holistic STEM Curriculum

stem curriculum

Developing a holistic STEM curriculum means more than just helping a child learn how to 3D print something or write code. It’s about teaching them meaningful learning and problem-solving techniques that they can use to better contribute to society later on.

Below are just a few ways teachers can develop strong STEM curriculums for their classrooms:

Include Hands-on Engineering Activities

Students of all ages can have a hard time focusing during school, especially when course information gets dense. Using hands-on activities is crucial to engaging students, whether you are teaching in person or in a remote learning environment.

Introduce Students to Coding

Coding is one of the most useful tools in today’s workforce. It also helps students learn valuable, widely applicable skills like problem-solving, computational thinking, and troubleshooting. We believe every kid should get a chance to try coding — it may change their lives!

Teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship

Digital literacy, or the ability to use technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, is a key component of every STEM curriculum. Students need to learn how to use the internet safely and effectively. A digital literacy curriculum should help students understand how to avoid plagiarism, protect their personal information, and so much more.

Demonstrate Real-World Applications

One of the most important things for STEM educators to show their students is the connections between the lessons they’re teaching and real-life challenges. This can be done through storytelling or activities that directly show how their schoolwork connects to their real lives outside of the classroom.

Show Diverse STEM Role Models

Students are far more likely to believe they can be successful scientists or medical professionals if they are exposed to role models who look like them. Teaching students about a wide range of historical STEM leaders and telling STEM-related stories that have protagonists with different genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, cultures, abilities, and so on can help students truly believe in themselves and make their dreams a reality.

Consider Ed Tech Supplements and Modules

As mentioned earlier, using ed-tech supplements and modules in a STEM curriculum can make it much easier for teachers to create a valuable, engaging learning experience. Yeti Academy’s online modules come with slideshow presentations, lesson plans, activities, games, projects, quizzes, tests, and much more to help students learn about a variety of STEM subjects.

Try Yeti Academy’s STEM Curriculum Today!

Yeti Academy is the ideal solution for busy STEM teachers looking to create meaningful learning experiences. Our effective, easy-to-use STEM curriculum comes with fun activities and lessons that are perfect for any size or type of classroom.

Sign up for free to check out our complete digital curriculum. See how Yeti can improve your STEM program!

 

Sign Up For Your Free Account TODAY!

Recent Posts

Why Do Elementary Students Need STEM? It’s Not What You Think
Why Do Elementary Students Need STEM? It’s Not What You Think

It seems like everyone is chattering nonstop about STEM education. We see countless articles about the importance of STEM shared on social media every day. Politicians worry about the state of our STEM education and workforce, and some parents worry about how they can...

[Poster] 10 STEM Quotes to Inspire Your Students
[Poster] 10 STEM Quotes to Inspire Your Students

As an educator, you are likely always looking for ways to keep your students motivated. That’s why we’ve created this inspirational poster with STEM quotes from famous scientists, astronauts, and other STEM role models for you to display in your classroom. These...

10 Under-Recognized Benefits of STEM Education
10 Under-Recognized Benefits of STEM Education

STEM education does more than just prepare students for technical careers. Students gain a lot of broadly applicable life skills from this content and style of teaching. A great STEM curriculum has the capacity to foster well-rounded individuals who can overcome...

Yeti

Yeti STEM Modules

Yeti Academy provides K-12 teachers, schools, and districts an easy to use and resource rich platform and students an exciting and relevant STEM learning experience. Categories of learning include: Coding, Keyboarding, Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship, Computational Thinking, Science and more.

View All Modules

Let’s Get Started

GET YETI FREE

Yeti Academy is available to classes, schools, and districts of all sizes. Upgrade to Yeti Premium and gain full access to all Yeti Academy content and features. 

ENDORSEMENTS

What Educators
Are Saying

“My administration is always asking us about ideas/classes they would consider teaching as electives. I would love to teach one of the Yeti modules, because everything would be included and I don’t have to do a lot of planning.”

— S. Harrington, 7th Grade Teacher, California

“Having had a chance to preview Yeti, I love all of the creative elements and components. Each lesson in the 7 modalities is so thorough and well thought out.”

— J. Westover, 6th Grade Teacher, Florida

“I really appreciate how Yeti has thoughtfully weaved Digital Citizenship components into the various technology modules. It supports the efforts our school is making as we strive to instill these qualities in our students as they are increasingly online in a remote environment.”

— T. Jordan, 8th Grade Teacher, Washington State

"It focuses on Google Tools. I even learned things through this."

— A. Campbell, Teacher - Rogers Adventist School, WA

"Students like using it and it is not difficult to get them started."

— J. Matchus, Teacher - St. Anne’s School, TX

"My daughter can work at her own pace."

— J. Ortega, Parent - Ortega Home School, TX

"Our district is excited about continuing the use of YA this school year!"

— S. Davis, Teacher

"Easy to use platform!"

— B. Rogers, Technology Coordinator - Armenian Sisters Academy, PA

"I have enjoyed using Yeti Academy this year and look forward to using it in the future."

— K. Rinehart, Technology Coordinator - Tewksbury Elementary School

Recent Posts