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STEM at La Academia:
What is it and why is it so important?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math but it is not merely the sum of these four disciplines. In fact, it’s not really a discipline at all; it’s a culture of inquiry and problem solving that will prepare students for success in the 21st century workforce.

Becoming a STEM school requires rigorous academic learning in all content areas, including thearts and humanities. It suggests that the pedagogy in each content area prioritize hands-on learning, an evidence-based inquiry process, authentic and relevant content and the specific work-based skills all students will need in the future: strong oral and written communications skills, collaboration, digital literacy, math competence, and agency, which is defined as the capacity of an individual to make independent choices and to accept responsibility for those choices.

Download a PDF from the Lancaster STEM Alliance