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STEM education is an integrated approach to teaching and learning, preparing students for a world we cannot yet imagine. STEM is not a curriculum; it is a framework of education that focuses on intentionally designing and linking learning experiences for students to develop and apply understandings of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts and processes to solve problems. It often uses inquiry and project-based learning. While we often think of STEM as mostly science and math, or just technology, literacy also plays a critical role in STEM education, helping students to better understand each subject. Students tap into their creative, scientific and technical mind to apply concepts in the four areas of science, technology, engineering and math to identify issues and resolve them. 

Science is an integral component of human society. It offers the opportunity for students to learn why and how things work — from the environment to living organisms, to machines and more. Science provides explanations of the mechanics and reasons behind complex systems. In Richfield Public Schools, we embrace scientific thinking. We strive to create young scientists who are curious and embrace a deep understanding of natural and man-made phenomena and their effects on our world. We believe that the future is in the hands of our students, and we want them fully prepared to voyage into the unknown.

Technology is the collection of tools, systems, and processes that people use to achieve certain goals or solve problems. Technology includes all kinds of tools that are designed to help us do things more efficiently. It is continually evolving and changing as people come up with new ideas and inventions. 

Engineering is all about problem solving. Engineering involves the application of scientific and mathematical principles to design solutions for practical problems and real-world challenges. Engineering is a driving force behind innovation and technological advancement.

By integrating the arts into STEM subjects (starting in sixth grade), students not only gain technical and analytical skills but also develop creativity, imagination, and the ability to approach problems with a holistic perspective. This multidisciplinary approach prepares students for diverse career paths and fosters a lifelong appreciation for the arts and sciences.

Math is everywhere in our lives: from perfectly geometric plants to patterns in the skies, the seasons and our waters. We are dedicated to building strong math identities in our students, helping them to deeply understand mathematical concepts and the why behind them, not just the procedures. Strong math education provides students with vital lifelong skills, including problem-solving, analytical and spatial skills. 

We know that learning math is good for our students’ brains. Research shows that strong math students access different parts of their brains while engaging in mathematical activities. Math education provides students with the opportunity to look for problems and design solutions, and a strong math education will prepare students for jobs that haven’t even been created yet.

Benefits of STEM Education

  • Critical Thinking Skills: STEM education emphasizes critical thinking skills, encouraging students to analyze and solve complex problems logically.
  • Innovation and Creativity: STEM education fosters creativity and innovation by encouraging students to think outside the box and explore new ideas and solutions.
  • Career Opportunities: STEM fields offer a wide range of career opportunities in various industries, including technology, engineering, medicine, and science, providing students with diverse and rewarding career paths.
  • Real-World Applications: STEM education focuses on practical, real-world applications of knowledge, helping students see the relevance of what they learn in the classroom to everyday life and the workforce.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: STEM education emphasizes problem-solving skills, helping students develop the ability to identify issues, analyze data and generate effective solutions.
  • Mathematical Proficiency: STEM fields often require a strong foundation in mathematics, and STEM education helps students develop mathematical proficiency, a skill applicable in many aspects of life.

Tell Us Your Story

Did science, technology, engineering or math at RPS make a difference in your life? Are you an RHS alum currently studying or working in a STEM field? We want to hear about it! 

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