IN 2015, SPEAKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION, President Barack Obama proclaimed that science “is more than a school subject, or the periodic table or the properties of waves. It is … a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, one reason for America’s status as a global leader is the scientists who solve problems, gather and evaluate evidence and make sense of information. These are the skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering and math — subjects collectively known as STEM. The acronym has become modern pedagogy.

In the STEM approach, the four subjects are not taught in isolation, but treated as a group of interdisciplinary studies. STEM teachers encourage students to apply their problem-solving skills to real world situations.

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