SOURCE http://www.nacme.org/information The National Action Council for Minorities in Education
What is STEM Education?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. [STEM education] is the umbrella term for all fields of study and practices that are used to invent and create high-tech products and services that are so much a part of our lives today. At the High School level, the STEM curriculum includes courses such as algebra, calculus, biology, chemistry, and computer science. Engineering draws on all of the STEM fields and applies them to solve problems and to create innovative devices, structures, and software applications.
Becoming an Engineer
Engineering is one of the fastest-growing, most rewarding career areas in the world. Opportunities for young engineers are plentiful and pay above-average wages!
To earn the rewards of being an engineer, however, you must put in place some essential early building blocks, starting in school. Math and science courses will form the basis of your education. Every high school student who is even a little bit interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) should take the following high school courses:
• English (at least three years)
• Social Studies
There are several paths you can follow to become an engineer after you graduate from high school. You may choose to enter a four-year program at a college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. You could choose to get an associate’s degree at a two-year community college, then transfer to a four-year college. You can pursue advanced studies and get a master’s or doctoral degree. Ultimately, you should choose the pathway that’s best for your individual goals.