What Is a STEM Program?

STEM programs are still relatively new to the world of education. They are designed to incorporate several areas of study into one program or project. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. At The Kiski School, we take it one step further by incorporating Art into our STEM program to make it STEAM.
Many schools began adopting STEM programs into their curriculum because of the opportunities for jobs in these industries. According to the US Department of Education, the projected percentage increases for STEM jobs from 2010 to 2020 are significant, ranging from 16% in mathematics to 62% in biomedical engineering. In order to take advantage of these future job opportunities, we must provide our students with the necessary academic background and problem-solving skills.

Why Is STEM Important?

STEM education stands out from traditional teaching methods by blending several subjects together. This helps students understand the value of math and science in everyday life. At Kiski, our STEAM program encourages students to think creatively to solve complex problems. Our STEAM course helps students forget they’re in class with hands-on projects. Students are able to apply their foundational learning from math and science to real-world scenarios and problems where they use engineering skills and modern technology to create innovative solutions. Kiski students then present their work with artful presentations and designs.
Here are a few additional benefits of STEM programs:
  • STEM programs help students stay up-to-date with new technology. Students can learn how to use the latest software and apply those skills to their other projects.
  • These programs are also designed to promote equality in education by providing equal access to all students.
  • Students who learn through STEM education are also better prepared for college. The rigorous college curriculum requires you to balance several subjects at once and think creatively. Skills that can be developed through STEM programs.
  • STEM students will have an advantage when searching for jobs in the future. For every 20 jobs, one is projected to be STEM-related by 2018.
How could your son benefit from STEAM education? Find out when you schedule a visit to campus!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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