STEM Education

The Benefits of STEM Education

Since 2001, the letters STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have been a normal part of educational vocabulary.

Integration of Curriculum

In traditional education, the four parts of STEM have been taught separately and generally in isolation of the other STEM components. By adopting the STEM philosophy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics all play an integral part in the teaching of the whole. The science, engineering, and mathematics fields are made complete by the technology component that provides a creative and innovative way to problem solve and apply what has been learned.

Benefits of Program

All students benefit from the STEM program because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore greater depths of all of the subjects by utilizing the skills learned; these skills are going to be required in order for today's students to be tomorrow's leaders. All jobs are requiring workers to have a greater ability to think critically, work as a member of a team and independently, and close the performance gap between our American students and those being produced in other countries.

Our Goal in Utilizing STEM

In recent years, there has been a significant decline in the number of college students choosing majors in science or technology related fields. Much of this has to do with poor preparation for the classes during high school and middle school years. Hillsboro Online Academy hopes to begin filling the gap in by preparing students early to enter into the career areas of engineering and science.