STEM is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students can learn about STEM both inside and outside the classroom at all grade levels (PreK-12). STEM can also incorporate the arts—then it becomes STEAM. History and literacy may also be included.
STEM education gets students to ask questions and solve problems that relate to the world they live in. Using the engineering-design process, students identify problems, design possible solutions, and test and evaluate those solutions. This process, combined with the study of math and science, helps students to find connections that make science, math and technology relevant to their lives and engaging for them.
STEM can include a variety of courses that combine subjects such as:
- computer science
- environmental studies
- marine science
- urban transportation
- financial literacy
- urban gardening and farming
- green construction
- facility maintenance
- health and wellness
Teachers and other educators can find curriculum and instructional materials on We Teach NYC
STEM Summer in the City
STEM Summer in the City is a free five week program designed to provide students in grades 2-10 the opportunity for an engaging and fun summer program designed specifically around STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition to weekly STEM challenges that involve developing engineering solutions for real world problems and inventing with robotics and coding, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the arts, physical education, trips to NYC cultural institutions.
To learn more, contact SummerSTEM@schools.nyc.gov.
STEM Matters NYC
STEM Matters NYC offers students in kindergarten through grade 12 exciting, hand-on, experiential science and STEM programs during spring break and summer. Programs range from one or two week camps and intensives, high school internships, and a four-week, four-credit college course. If you are interested in animal science or aerospace, marine biology or mechanics, ecology or engineering, and so much more, come discover, investigate, design, and create with us!Sign up for our email list
to receive updates about STEM Matters NYC programs. For questions, contact Camps@schools.nyc.gov
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