STEM in the Library

If you're the caregiver for a school-age child, then STEM is probably already a household word. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM is a focused initiative in the nation's schools and ties in closely with the library's educational mission. Its origins lie with Congress’ America Competes Act, aptly named because when it comes to these subject areas, the consensus has been that our students are not ready to do the STEM-related jobs we will need to be filled in the near future. 

STEM is more than just a buzzword; it's a necessity in today's technologically driven society and closely related to 21st Century Skills, the proficiency needed to allow U.S. students to compete in a global and creative economy. A few that naturally tie in with library programming are:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Visual Literacy
  • Cross-Disciplinary Thinking
  • Global Awareness
  • Initiative and Self-Direction

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