What is STEM?

An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. See below for a more detailed description of each discipline.

●  A body of knowledge

●  Seeks to describe and understand the natural world and its physical properties

●  Scientific knowledge can be used to make predictions

●  Science uses a process--the scientific method--to generate knowledge

●  The body of knowledge, processes, and artifacts that result from engineering

●  Almost everything made by humans to solve a need is a technology

●  Examples of technology include:
    ✔  Pencils
    ✔  Shoes
    ✔  Cell phones
    ✔  Processes to treat water

●  Design under constraint

●  Seeks solutions for societal problems and needs

●  Aims to produce the best solution given resources and constraints

●  Engineering uses a process--the engineering design process--to produce solutions and technologies

The study of:

●  Quantity - e.g. numbers and arithmetic

●  Space - e.g. sets

●  Structure - e.g. geometry

●  Change - e.g. calculus

Engineering Disciplines

Aerospace Engineering

Covers the study, design, construction, and operation of craft that fly inside (aeronautical) and outside (astronautical) the atmosphere.

Civil Engineering

Deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of physical structures such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

Electrical Engineering

Deals with the study and use of electricity and electronics including many sub disciplines such as power, controls, telecommunications, and robotics.

Energy Engineering

Deals with the production and use of energy. It is usually associated with alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.

Mechnical Engineering

Studies physics and materials to design, construct, and maintain mechanical systems.

Vehicle Engineering

Designs and constructs devices to transport people or cargo and includes such things as bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats, and aircraft.

Favorite Links

The following are websites we recommend for supplies and additional information:

  • BEST Robotics (Robotics Competition): bestrobotics.org
  • South's BEST (Regional Competition): southsbest.org
  • Montgomery BEST (Local Hub): mgmbest.org
  • Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (Robot Competitions): robotevents.com
  • Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (Robotics Curriculum): cmu.edu/roboticsacademy
  • Vex Robotics (Robot Kits): vexrobotics.com
  • MATE Underwater ROV Competition: marerovcompetition.org
  • The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC): rocketcontest.org
  • International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): societyforscience.org/isef
  • American Radio Relay League-ARRL (Amateur Radio Information): arrl.org
  • CyberPatriot (Cyber Security Competition): uscyberpatriot.org
  • Home Science Tools (Science Supplies): homesciencetools.com
  • Timberdoodle (Homeschool Supplies): timberdoodle.com
  • Pitsco (Science Kits and Curriculum): pitsco.com
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): nsta.org
  • International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA): iteea.org
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM): nctm.org
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