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As the roles of science, mathematics, and technology grow in our society, we must prepare students to thrive in a highly complex world. STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts. It focuses on hands-on learning with real-world application along with logical thought processes and problem-solving.  This allows students to develop skills that will help them be successful. STEM challenges students to think critically and come up with their own solutions to problems.  It helps develop a variety of skill sets, including problem solving and 21st-century skills; fosters ingenuity and creativity, builds resilience and encourages experimentation, teamwork, and knowledge application. 


During STEM class, I encourage student development in the 4C's {creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication} through digital Literacy, digital citizenship, keyboarding, computer science, and project-based learning. Students will get to explore as scientists, engineers, problem solvers, critical thinkers, digital citizens, inventors, artists, and cooperative team members--together we are MAKERS.

Tracy Kruszeski 
Freedom Elementary
STEM Teacher