What is STEM/STEAM Day
STEM/STEAM Day timeline
The College Board introduces college-level science courses for advanced high-school students: AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Physics.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Arkansas can no longer ban the teaching of evolution. This effectively struck down an Arkansas state law.
Apollo 11 carries three U.S. astronauts to the moon, inspiring many to pursue careers in science. Extensive television coverage put this event into America’s living rooms.
The “Physics First” movement begins to grow, as teachers and scientists push to teach physics rather than biology in ninth grade — to allow more advanced study of biology and chemistry in subsequent years.
Per Scientific American: “A handful of legislators scattered across the country introduce more than a dozen bills that threaten the integrity of science education.” Writer Glenn Branch blames it on a desire to “undermine the teaching of evolution or climate change.”
STEM/STEAM Day FAQs
What is STEM day?
How do you celebrate STEM day?
Encourage your kids to get curious about math and science activities. Start an effort to raise funds to help science teachers buy supplies.
What are STEAM activities?
STEM/STEAM Day Activities
Find out which hobbies of yours are rooted in STEM subjects
Whether it's astronomy, computer gaming, woodworking, photography, or sudoku, chances are that many of your favorite activities have roots in STEAM subjects.
Brush up on your own STEM related skills
If there's one thing that's great about living in today's day and age, it's our access to information. There are hundreds of courses online that could help you brush up on your STEAM skills, many of which are offered free of charge from the world's best institutions, like MIT and Harvard.
Donate to your local STEM programs
Teachers everywhere struggle to stock their classrooms with all the materials they need to teach their classrooms, but you can help. If your child has "outgrown" some of their old supplies — whether that be an old calculator, a set of art supplies, or a retired protractor — a local school could probably make good use of it.
Why We Love STEM/STEAM Day
It promotes important subject areas
In the coming decades, automation will play a major role in shaping the job market. Trucks will all drive themselves, store checkouts will all be staff-free, and many common jobs today will no longer exist. However, it'll be a lot longer before automation eliminates most of the jobs that come out of STEAM fields, so promoting these subjects is crucial to having a healthy workforce moving forward.
It creates a fun learning environment
Everyone can remember a math class that they struggled through, not because of the material, but because of how it was conveyed. A focal point of STEM and STEAM programs is to make sure that lessons are compelling, relatable, and fun for students.
It strengthens our country
Countries that place an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics are the countries where innovation happens — plain and simple. Any nation that seeks to be, or to remain, a world leader would be wise to have strong, compelling programs in place that help teach these subjects.
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