What is STEM Education?

INTRODUCTION

Hey! My name is Wajeeha Mateen and I am a final year student of BS Biosciences. I love creativity and see this world from different perspectives. I am currently researching on single nucleotide polymorphisms in autoimmune diseases and I aim to get an advanced research degree in biosciences with a specialization in transcriptional genetics. My dream is to work on novel approaches like cannabinoid-based small molecules and targeted antibodies to fight severe diseases.

WHAT IS STEM EDUCATION?

STEM is a teaching philosophy that integrates all four disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) together into a single, cross-disciplinary program which offers instruction in real-world applications and teaching methods.

STEM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge. It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place, community and the global economy.

STEM is meant to create a program that integrates all four disciplines in a way that forces the student to use cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve problems. This essentially means that the traditional learning style incoming freshman are used to typically some form of memorization and recitation of information is pretty much out the window.

The STEM Education helps students with significant amount of creativity and flexible thinking, as well as technical knowledge and mastery of each individual discipline.

IMPORTANCE

STEM-based education teaches children more than science and mathematics concepts.

  • The focus on hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st-century skills.
  • 21st-century skills include media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative which are taught through STEM education.
  • Other skills attained through STEM education include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more.
  • Regardless of the future career path, these skill sets go a long way to preparing to be innovative.

MY DEGREE

The degree that I am currently persuading is Bachelors of Biosciences. Biological science is the study of life and is therefore one of the broadest subjects you can study. It is a study of life and living, their life cycles, adaptations and environment. The Bachelor of Science in Bioscience degree provides a broad exposure to life in all its forms for students with an interest in all facets of biology. Biology encompasses everything from the molecular study of life processes right up to the study of animal and plant communities. The curriculum features strong human, animal, plant, microbe, molecular, genetic, physiology, and ecology components.

My field is corelated to

  • Education
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Medical practice
  • Hospital
  • Institutional work

RELEVANCE WITH OTHER FIELDS

Biosciences is corelated with various other fields which can be linked with STEM education. Some of the fields are mentioned below:

Environmental Conservation:

As a biologist I can opt for solving environmental problems and helping to protect natural resources and plant and animal wildlife to conserve and sustain them for future generations. Being a biologist, I can carry out recovery programs for endangered species and provide education for the general public.

Education

With a biology degree and a teaching qualification, l can be equipped to work within education. I would love working with young people and encouraging them to learn about the world, be that in a classroom, a lecture theater, a laboratory or a museum. The higher up in the education world biologists go, the more qualifications they need. If I  choose to undertake further study and go on to work within higher education, I can be able to produce my own research, have my work published and become a member of an advisory board within my field.

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of scientific principles to develop and enhance technology within a number of sectors, including the consumer goods market, the technology market and business and industry. Focuses are often within agriculture, food science and medicine, where biologists can be involved with genetic engineering, drug development and advancing medical technologies such as nanotechnology.

Forensic Science

As a forensic scientist I can work within the legal sector, alongside police departments or law enforcement agencies, in order to test and process evidence gathered in criminal investigations. Many forensic scientists specialize in specific areas such as forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, crime scene examination and medical examiner roles.

Government and Policy

Biologists in government can be involved in working closely with government officials and policy makers in order to advise on and create new legislation for growing topics such as biomedical research and environmental regulation. The role will be to ensure that changes to the legal system are made based on solid science. Biologists can work at regional or national level as a political advisor for scientific organizations and agencies or not-for-profit entities. They also act as a representative for a political committee or group.

Business

The pharmaceutical sector is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is in constant need of biologists to work in research and development and to test new products and prepare them for the marketplace. Other commercial industries where biologists find roles include scientific services companies, marketing, sales and public relations.

Economics

This field will require biologists to work within government or other organizations to examine the economic impact of biological problems on society, including such problems as extinction, deforestation and pollution. Related roles include socioeconomics, environmental economics and ecological economics.

Science publishing and Communication

The media and journalism careers with a biology degree are fairly wide-ranging as well. The biologists can be interested in publishing or journalism. Biologist can use  biology degree to enter the industry as a science writer or working on a science publication such as a journal, magazine, website, TV program or film. Biologists can also play a role in informing and educating the general public about biological issues that are becoming relevant in contemporary society.

REFERENCES:

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/new-teaching-stem-biosciences-online
https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/what-can-you-do-biology-degree
https://www.invent.org/blog/trends-stem/value-stem-education
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