STEM

STEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

​​​​Mission

To prepare all students for the challenges and opportunities in the 21st century global economy by providing rigorous, equitable and accessible education in STEM.

Why STEM education?

Advances in science and engineering are essential for ensuring America's and Hawaii's economic growth and our national security. During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations. STEM is infused within every facet of our society and plays a major role in determining Hawaii's future viability. STEM education develops tomorrow's innovators who will overcome the unforeseen challenges in healthcare, public safety, the economy and the environment.

Goals of STEM education in Hawaii's public schools

  • Transform and revitalize the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in grades K-12 by purposefully integrating science and mathematics with technology and engineering.
  • Proliferate the number of highly qualified and effective STEM teachers as well as the public school system’s capacity to continuously support and develop them.
  • Expand STEM learning opportunities and performance expectations for all public school students.
  • Significantly increase the number of public school graduates, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, who attain college degrees in STEM fields or pursue STEM-related careers.
  • Cultivate partnerships with community and corporate partners to offer internships and other real-world learning experiences to public school students.

Virtual STEM Center for K-12 students on Edmodo

The Virtual STEM Center is a resource for exploring what it takes to pursue STEM careers and college degrees. Based on national data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, workers in science, technology, engineering and math play a key role in the sustained stability and growth of the U.S. economy. During the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs were three times as fast as growth in non-STEM related jobs. STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts. STEM workers drive our nation's innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries.

Edmodo provides teachers and students with a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and education applications. Access to homework, grades, class discussions and notifications are available online or through the Edmodo smart phone apps. The goal of Edmodo is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

When students sign up for the Department's Edmodo community​ they will need a school code. Contact your school's district resource teacher to learn more.

Contact Information

Iris Mizuguchi

Phone: 808-305-9705

Email: iris_mizuguchi@hawaiidoe.org

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