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What is STEM and Why is it Important?

Balloon created by Creyton


What is STEM? 

  • ”S” is for science. The basis for scientific discoveries is being a good observer. 

  • ”T” is for technology. Show how to safely search the internet to find the answer to problems you are trying to solve.

  • ”E” is for engineering. Offer building challenges that create STEM learning opportunities. 

  • ”M” is for math. Explain that patterns are displays that repeat themselves. 


The 5th graders have completed STEM activities. The most recent one they were asked to complete is: Design a Parade Balloon. They were asked to create their own balloon design for the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. These STEM activities are about developing learning habits of inquiry and critical thinking skills.