STEM is an interdisciplinary, applied approach to learning science, technology, engineering and math. Rather than learning these subjects separately, STEM builds a cohesive learning structure where students can learn real-world applications. Science may involve biology or chemistry, technology may allude to computer programming or design, engineering can refer to electronics or robotics while math can mean algebra or calculus. All four subjects are integrated to give students the opportunity to gain and apply—as opposed to just consume—knowledge.
STEM is a learning approach that combines science, technology, engineering and math into one discipline. STEM learning often incorporates blended learning and hands-on activities with a traditional classroom structure. Critics of STEM say that this approach to learning undermines the importance of other subjects such as those in the arts. However, others say that STEM is necessary for students to apply and build upon the skills and knowledge most important to functioning in society today.