What if STEM stood for something different? As you know, the actual acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, but aside from content, the concept encompasses many more essential skills like: problem solving, critical thinking, team-building, self-esteem, self-motivation and more.
At a recent symposium in the Seattle area, business leaders were surveyed regarding the skills, attitudes, attributes, and aspirations that they feel are the most important to the success of students in the future. Among the results?
- Critical thinking, learning, and analytical problem solving
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Self-direction and self-awareness
- Technical skills and computer literacy
- Fundamentals of education including math, science, and English
- Cultural competence and global awareness
- Emotional intelligence
This series on STEM Skills Challenges will harness the power of STEM challenges and focus on these essential success skills that our students need to be effective in the STEM workforce.