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Wisconsin STEM


What Is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. At the heart of STEM disciplines and as a result of their synergy through education is a coalescence of skills in critical thinking, innovation and creativity.

Why Does It Matter?

In an increasingly technological world, Wisconsin citizens face economic competition on a global scale. Critical thinking, innovation and creativity are the tools needed to succeed in this new reality. America’s scientific and technological leadership is essential to our economic growth, national security and a productive future for our children.

Click on the link below to learn more about this initiative in Wisconsin and to access a variety or STEM resources.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  When integrated, the STEM disciplines provide a unique way of promoting critical thinking and innovation.  STEM integration is essential to compete on a global scale because it increases our workforce competitiveness and spurs economic growth.

Why is STEM important?

From Chesterfield Schools

Understanding STEM Skills

Understanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Skills

Think about key skills needed in today's workplace: problem solving, analytical thinking, and the ability to work independently. What do they all have in common? They're all related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

STEM on the job

Most employers want workers who are able to reason and solve problems using some math, science, or technology knowledge. Key STEM skills include:

  • Analytical skills to research a topic, develop a project plan and timeline, and draw conclusions from research results.
  • Science skills to break down a complex scientific system into smaller parts, recognize cause and effect relationships, and defend opinions using facts.
  • Mathematic skills for calculations and measurements.
  • Attention to detail to follow a standard blueprint, record data accurately, or write instructions.
  • Technical skills, such as troubleshooting to identify the sources of a problem, repairing a machine or debugging an operating system, and computer capabilities to stay current on appropriate software and equipment.

Think STEM is just for geeks? Not true! Many workers in STEM fields use "soft" skills at work as much as they use math and science. These soft skills include:

  • Communication and cooperation skills to listen to customer needs or interact with project partners.
  • Creative abilities to solve problems and develop new ideas.
  • Leadership skills to lead projects or help customers.
  • Organization skills to keep track of lots of different information.

Is a STEM career a good fit for you? Match your skills with STEM occupations using the Skills Assessment.

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