What is STEM-C®?
STEM-C® is the addition of positive character traits to children’s STEM exploration.
The need for improved STEM education continues to gain attention. Most of the focus lies within the high school and middle school levels. Less emphasis and innovation on STEM is present at the elementary school level.
Early exposure to STEM-C® concepts can help children get a jump-start on valuable knowledge and socio-emotional skills that they can carry over to all aspects of their growth and development. It is important to begin teaching STEM-C® concepts in the early elementary grades.
Entelechy Education, LLC, is an interactive learning company. We have created a fascinating trio called The EnteleTrons® to help children develop strong moral character while they learn valuable STEM concepts and strengthen their language literacy.
Children are naturally curious and instinctively want to know who, what, when, where, why and how. They marvel at the undiscovered world around them and want to understand how it works. They are interested in why things happen and how they can change or control the way things work. Children love to make and create – and often learn best through hands-on activities. They also take great pride and ownership in their self-learning.
A majority of the basic skills and knowledge that children need to address their questions and develop life skills come from the exploring fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. With the addition of character development education (the “C” in STEM-C®), we can teach and enhance critical thinking, discipline, creative problem-solving, collaboration, reasoning, and communication. Early exposure to STEM concepts can help children get a jump-start on valuable knowledge and life skills that can carry over to all aspects of their growth and development.
Future of STEM-C®
However, children have not historically engaged in the subjects of STEM at the same level as other subjects in their learning environments. As a result, our country has not kept pace with other countries in the STEM fields. Leaders in education, government, and all business sectors also share a growing desire to excel in STEM. Therefore, there is an increased need and demand for STEM-educated individuals evidenced by the following statistic:
Between the years 2006 and 2016, the total employment in science and engineering occupations will increase at more than double the overall growth rate for all occupations (National Science Board, 2010).
STEM education continues to gain national attention among educators, legislators, and scholars. Public and private schools are deploying STEM curricula in all grades – with elementary schools bringing up the rear in adoption. Community education extensions are also offering resources to help both parents and children share in STEM learning opportunities.
A majority of the basic skills and knowledge that children need throughout their lives comes from the STEM fields. STEM-C® adds the teaching of positive character traits to STEM exploration. Early exposure to these concepts can help children get a jump start on valuable knowledge and socio-emotional skills that they can carry over to all aspects of their growth and development.
It is just as important as learning STEM concepts, especially for young children.
Laying out character education components in an easily-understood format for children of all ages and abilities fosters the development of a supportive, interactive environment, which enhances the overall education experience.