What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. CPS’ approach to STEM is not to teach these subjects in isolation, but instead to embed STEM concepts across many subject areas. An applied approach means students participate in projects that give them a chance to hone their problem-solving skills. By encouraging students to ask questions, brainstorm creative ideas, and use academic principles to build and refine solutions, we are preparing them for the types of challenges they will meet in the real world after graduation.

STEM Learners:

  • Develop 21st century skills, such as innovation, creativity and collaboration
  • Make connections across subject areas (e.g., Math, Science, and Sociology) to solve real world problems
  • Arrive at meaningful conclusions
  • Become proficient with technology
  • Learn about STEM career pathways
  • Develop a love for learning

Why is STEM Education important?

Now more than ever, America’s global competitiveness depends on our ability to better educate our young people in math and science and to attract our best and brightest students into technological careers. Many jobs – even those outside the STEM area – require applicants to have some STEM skills, and this will only increase in the future. STEM education unleashes students’ creativity and gives them the skills needed to conceive and develop the revolutionary products and processes that will continue to shape the nation and Chicago’s economic future. A STEM-knowledgeable workforce will be critical to attracting investment and creating and keeping good jobs here.

STEM Jobs are in high demand

  • Experts predict there will be 1 million+ job openings in stem-related fields by 2018
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings in STEM and non-STEM occupations
  • Today there are nearly twice as many 2 STEM job postings as there are qualified candidates

We must prepare students for 21st century jobs by engaging them in our classrooms and opening their eyes to STEM opportunities. Students can’t be what they can’t see!


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