From inside the K-12 education bubble, it’s easy to believe that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEAM (adding art to the STEM mix) initiatives are a done deal — everyone’s doing them.
There are whole conferences dedicated to STEM. But as recently as 2016, a Gallup research poll conducted by Google found that only 40 percent of U.S. schools offer programming or coding classes.
With the Trump administration prioritizing $200 million a year toward STEM and computer science education and tech giants including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook ponying up another $300 million, there may be opportunities for schools new to the idea of STEM to get started.
Knowing where to focus time and attention when getting started can mean all the difference between a solid program and one that fades after a couple of years.
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