We hear it time and again, but the truth of the statement cannot be emphasized more: STEM education is vital to our nation’s success as a productive leader in the global economy.

According to STEM education experts, schools should start to view STEM not as a standalone subject, but as something that can be integrated into all types of learning, relevant to all industries.

Giving students a link to the real world can help them warm to STEM education–for instance, when they learn how the math and science they study impacts real things in their everyday lives, the topics are more significant and relevant.

Nearly all Americans (94 percent) in a recent survey say STEM education creates a love of science and mathematics in children from a young age. While Americans clearly advocate for STEM education and see the career advantages it offers, a whopping 83 percent of survey respondents think the U.S. is lagging behind other countries when it comes to STEM in public education and careers.

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Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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