STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education
As Californians, we task our children to be career-ready innovators capable of creating a future that will sustain the largest and most innovative economy in the Nation. Our educational system also values educating our young people so that they become lifelong learners and citizens who actively participate in our democracy. Training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are key to producing the next generation of problem solvers in California. However, while these technical skills are important, they do not address other traits that employers are seeking. The ability to work well in teams, learn from criticism, communicate, and adapt quickly under pressure (often while multitasking) are all skills that are essential for employment. Our students, regardless of STEM knowledge, will struggle to reach these expectations in a setting where passive listening and standardized tests rule class time.