Oregon is engaging in a networking model for promoting changes in STEM education statewide that are effective and coordinated. The initial input for the Oregon STEM Education Initiative was provided by representatives from business and education including organizations that focus on STEM education both inside and outside of the school day. The Oregon STEM Education Initiative will:
- Define STEM education and goals related to preparation for college, careers, and citizenship.
- Identify critical components needed for improvement in STEM education.
- Describe a mechanism for linking educators and communities interested in improving STEM education.
Definition for Oregon STEM Education
“An approach to teaching and lifelong learning that emphasizes the natural interconnectedness of the four separate STEM disciplines. The connections are made explicit through collaboration between educators resulting in real and appropriate context built into instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The common element of problem solving is emphasized across all STEM disciplines allowing students to discover, explore, and apply critical thinking skills as they learn.”