STEM Education At WCS
STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) helps students to develop their analytical and reasoning skills, skills absolutely necessary in our increasingly technological world. The importance of these skills cannot be overstated.
“In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM. If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields is essential.” U.S. Department of Education. https://www.ed.gov/stem
“Early STEM learning establishes the strong foundation that elementary school students need to maximize their academic potential for years to come. It is important that educators introduce young students to STEM fields while they are developing their mental capacities and academic habits. In fact, those who receive instruction in these educational topics at an early age have demonstrated better performance in the fields of mathematics and science than those who do not. Early STEM education is, therefore, a key element of elementary learning and skill building for the very youngest of students.”“What You Need to Know –the Impact of STEM on Elementary Education,” Charles Phillips, Phillips Charitable Organization. Phillipscharitable.org/need-know-impact-stem-elementary-education
At WCS we are constantly looking for ways to incorporate STEM technology and activities into our classroom instruction in order to prepare our students for their future education, and eventually, career opportunities.