eSchool News highlights some of the 10 most significant ed-tech developments of 2014, and STEM is No. 6

STEM-2013Each year, the eSchool News editors compile 10 of the most influential ed-tech developments and examine how those topics dominated K-12 ed-tech conversations. No. 6 on our list for 2014 is STEM.

STEM education has been a mainstay among educators who want to ensure students are building skills that will be in demand in the globalized workforce they will someday inherit.

Part of the challenge in attracting students to STEM lies in making the topics appealing and engaging.Often, that means eliciting students’ interest in early years before they hit middle school and decide that math, science, engineering, and other tech-related fields are boring or too difficult. And recently we’ve seen a push to encourage more girls and minority students to pursue these fields.

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