Frequently Asked Questions About STREAMWORKS

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.

Often there are other variations of the original STEM acronym:

  • STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math
  • STREAM – Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, & Math

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small beach-sized satellite named Sputnik which launched an international space race. The United States quickly determined that our educational systems were not top tier as compared to other countries around the globe. The need assessment for STEM education has been evolving ever since.

STREAMWORKS is a community effort to ensure kids have the opportunity to learn and gain a new perspective of why science and math are so important. We develop essential partnerships with local education systems and industry eventually needing a competent workforce comprised of a community talent pool.

STEM education is a focus on the core competencies of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The focus is strategically developed, often through hands-on learning projects which help to develop critical thinking skills and promote collaborative communication and team work.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by OECD in nearly 80 nations of 15-year-old students’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science and reading. the United States consistently ranks in the mid to bottom in both math and science.

As a world leader in industry and economy, we cannot meet the demands of the technical industry in the 21st Century workforce. Over 1 million computer programming jobs are currently unfilled. Approximately 50% of our engineering workforce is comprised of the H-1B Visa.

A STEM school is usually a school dedicated and often certified in STEM curriculum and course offerings that are unique to the community and local workforce needs.