What are we talking about when we talk about “STEM”?
In today’s world, where you can Google any question, it’s less about what you know than what you do with that knowledge — and how it can be harnessed to make an impact on our world.
There is a growing recognition that STEM disciplines not only build technical skills essential for individual and societal economic opportunity, but are critical to unlocking the creative problem-solving necessary for success in the 21st century.
On February 26, we were honored to be on the panel of the first ever Montgomery County STEM Summit, where we discussed the future of STEM in our county.
So what are we really talking about when we talk about “STEM”?
At KID Museum, we believe that STEM means much more than teaching the hard skills that lead to STEM-related jobs. While these skills are important, what’s even more important is what kids learn along the way — how to navigate roadblocks, think creatively to solve problems, and gain confidence in their abilities. These are the skills that will translate into future success.
STEM skills, coupled with imagination and compassion, will give our kids what they need to make a positive difference in the world.