STEM ACADEMY OF USA

Why Now

Ensuring every child has a high-quality early STEM education is one of the best investments we can make and make in right earnest…NOW. Tomorrow’sengineers are building bridges in the block corner today. Tomorrow’s scientists are doing “field work” at recess, inspecting the structure of a fallen leaf.
To keep them exploring and ensure their positive outcomes, the full array of early childhood stakeholders must come together to create a strong, smooth continuum of K–5 STEM learning that features:
Teachers who have received high-quality pre-service and in-service training focused on STEM disciplines, effective instruction and curriculum, and how to draw upon standards and assessment to enhance each child’s STEM learning
Teachers who have received high-quality pre-service and in-service training focused on the executive function, self-control, and social skills necessary for successful learning in any subject, including STEM subjects
Sufficient time spent on STEM learning, every step of the way from PreK–3 and beyond
Research-based STEM curricula that makes use of learning trajectories to progressively build children’s skills and knowledge
STEM-focused play and hands-on learning in formal and informal settings that gives children free rein to explore STEM, guided by knowledgeable educators
Collaboration among PreK programs, schools, informal learning environments, and families focused on enhancing children’s STEM learning
Creating such a continuum requires significant commitment and coordination and we are dedicated to it because we firmly believe in the yield of astronomical pay-offs—a STEM-capable workforce and citizenry—in the future