What is STEM and why is it important?
The acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is important because it influences every part of our lives. STEM affects every part of our lives on a daily basis. Science is found in our natural world, our agriculture, and in the fuel that heats our homes and powers our different types of transportation. Technology is in our hands in the form of a smartphone/android or a computer. Engineering is the basic design of everything from roads and bridges to appliances and machinery. Math is encountered at the grocery store, the bank, and at the gas station. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life application.
Another compelling point is that STEM careers are the fastest growing, and most profitable occupations available in a rapidly changing world. According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at less than a 10% rate. These STEM professionals are in charge of solving the complex problems of today's world and its future. STEM careers are hands-on/ problem-solving occupations that challenge people to find solutions.
Therefore, it is important that all students have the opportunity to participate in a highly innovative, invigorating, and challenging STEM program.
STEM at Banner
Young students ask, on average, nearly 300 questions a day. They have a natural curiosity. They observe, investigate, and discover the world around them. They generate hypotheses and test them without even knowing. They take in information and use that information to guide their behavior. Banner Public Schools understands the importance of this natural curiosity and strives to guide students in their exploration, and identify natural learning opportunities through developing foundational STEM skills.
Banner has designated STEM for grades K-8th. Banner continues its efforts to build a strong STEM program.
STEM Teacher/ Distance Learning Coordinator
Mrs. Titone will be the STEM teacher/ Distance Learning Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year!
|Phone: 405-262-0598 ext 115||Email: Samantha Titone||Banner School
2455 N. Banner Rd. El Reno OK 73036