STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an integrated, interdisciplinary, and student-centered approach to learning that encourages curiosity, creativity, artistic expression, collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and design thinking.
STEM education in Pennsylvania is built on the following foundational beliefs:
- All students are capable of STEM literacy;
- Iteration and reflection are an important part of the STEM learning process;
- STEM education transcends the classroom walls, integrating into the community;
- STEM education success depends upon the partnership between educators, students, families, postsecondary providers, legislators, business, and industry.
Since taking office, Governor Wolf has demonstrated a commitment to STEM education in the commonwealth. The Administration aims to increase enrollment in STEM-specific majors at state-supported postsecondary institutions by 10,000 by 2020. By 2018, there will be approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs that require STEM skills or content knowledge, and over the next ten years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills.
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