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STEM Doesn’t Grow Alone

January 14, 2016

STEM has become a sort of “buzzword” to attract the general public, but science, technology, engineering, and math are not the only skills a good problem-solver needs to master. “The assumption is that you have to be great at a science or math field and that you have to be this STEM giant. In reality, it’s not the people in science and technology fields that make great STEM people. We need all of the disciplines to contribute,” science teacher Mrs. Abbi Baker said.

Subjects like art and language are not only pivotal in creating free thinking individuals, but in addition are also required by most colleges. “Many colleges will have minimum requirements for math, science, English and a foreign language. You need to be well rounded in all of those subject areas. It doesn’t look like colleges are going to think any less about certain subjects,” college counselor Mr. Mannie said.

Having an inclination toward science or math is important in the growing technological world, but being creative and well rounded academically is equally as important. “I like where we are heading, but in the midst of STEM being so popular, I don’t want us to lose sight of creativity, the arts, music, and the languages,” Spanish teacher Mrs. Murray said.

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