STEM Education

Every Student. Every Industry. Every Career.

What is STEM?

STEM is the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and math. This melding of disciplines spawns computational thinking, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. These are survival skills that we have all used since the dawn of mankind for cooking, making clothes, finding shelter, and yes, also going to the moon. 

STEM is not a high-minded concept only to be accessed by a few. STEM is all around us and for all of us. It is in this vein that 21stCentEd has evolved to make STEM accessible, again, to all students.

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The STEM Imperative

Across the country, our children are being taught 20th century skills using 19th century pedagogy for an accelerating 21st century global economy. This will no longer suffice. Our education system is built on work. But work has changed, and education has not.

Technology is transforming our schools, our communities, and our lives. The 21st century is here, and we need to prepare our students to compete globally for a world dominated by technology. 

Research from STEMconnector’s State of STEM report¹ has identified five critical talent gaps:

  • Fundamental Skills Gap

    The average STEM competency is insufficient for modern work and “new” STEM skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) are hard to build into traditional education models.

  • Belief Gap

    Many students feel they do not belong in STEM and hold incorrect beliefs about their own STEM abilities. They also falsely believe that only certain industries or careers require a STEM education.

  • Postsecondary Education Gap

    Many STEM jobs require postsecondary credentials but not enough students hold credentials beyond high school and are not prepared for STEM education beyond high school.

  • Geographic Gap

    In some regions, the number of jobs is declining, leaving people out of work with outdated skill sets. In other regions, the STEM economy is flourishing, but companies need to import talent because local community members are unable to compete for these jobs.

  • Demographic Gap

    Lack of access to resources drives achievement gaps in STEM education from early years. Bias and historic inequity remain embedded in both education and employment systems.

How can we as a nation fill these critical gaps?

High Quality STEM Learning Opportunities

21stCentEd provides your students with a STEM-based education rooted in their learning style and is the best way for your students to develop, practice, and excel at 21st-century skills. Comprehensive STEM education is broader and deeper than the discrete disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. It goes way beyond the traditional coding and robotics typically offered, and is critical to a 21st-century education.

Technology is transforming our schools, our communities, and our lives. The 21st century is here, and we need to prepare our students to compete globally for a world dominated by technology. 

STEM Education
Early. Often. Everywhere

 When students are immersed in STEM-based experiences from an early age, they’re less likely to develop self-defeating ideas about their abilities later. 21stCentEd’s interest-based and learner-led platform keeps students engaged and able to learn at their own pace. Students are able to experience all the STEM has to offer without developing negative thoughts about their own abilities or false, limiting beliefs about what careers they can pursue through a comprehensive STEM education. Our program immerses students in project-based STEM experiences before they form self-defeating ideas about their abilities – they will experience STEM-related successes before they think they can’t.

Interest-Based Learning

Interactive courses mean students are learning critical skills while still having fun. Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration (the 4C’s) are the skills our learners need in order to be successful beyond high school. 21stCentEd’s courses are built around these skills to ensure our students are able to reach their highest potential.

Ubiquitous Digital Access

21stCentEd’s multimodal instructional model allows for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning so your students can engage in-school, after-school, and out-of-school, focusing on what, when, and where is suitable for their learning styles. No student will be left without access due to location or lack of resources.

All Means All

All students have access to 21stCentEd’s platform with an emphasis on girls, racial and ethnic minority groups, and persons with disabilities. The way to increase the number of students studying STEM is to provide ALL students with STEM experiences early in their development. Equitable access to comprehensive STEM resources ensures every learner has an opportunity to explore the opportunities available to them.

The STEM Imperative

When a school, a district, and a community invest in STEM-based education, they invest in workforce development, economic viability, and most importantly, the future success of our children. 

As education and community leaders, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for STEM learning to every student. The benefits provided to students, communities, and the country are well worth the investment.

An effective STEM initiative takes time. Take the first step in transforming your community by partnering with 21stCentEd. 

Be the STEM advocate your students need. Our future – and our children’s future – depends on it. Let’s get them ready!