STEM is More Than an Acronym!

September 5, 2012
Margaret Ashida

Margaret Ashida Director, Empire State STEM Learning Network

Kudos to the Finger Lakes STEM Hub on today’s STEM YOU CAN video contest launch – one of the exciting actions it has targeted to engage students in exploring STEM through a creative media project.  The design challenge goes beyond a definition of STEM as the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  It also embraces the idea that STEM education includes the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of the disciplines – along with the arts! – to prepare students to think critically, solve problems and undertake team projects.  Simply said, STEM education is greater than the sum of its parts.

The STEM YOU CAN challenge also reflects the power of collaboration among diverse stakeholders in business, education, and community-based organizations.  Its sponsors – Time Warner Cable and Eastman Kodak Co. – are actively involved in the design and execution of the challenge together with other Hub partners from education and the Hub’s steward, the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

The Finger Lakes STEM hub is also connected to other regions in New York through Empire STEM and to other states through STEMx.  In fact, the Finger Lakes’ video What is STEM is part of our toolkit to introduce the idea that STEM is much more than an acronym.  I can’t wait to see how the students of the Finger Lakes region take it to another level!

Margaret Ashida is the Director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network in the State University of New York System’s Office of the Education Pipeline.