Yes, ECP Elementary is certified as a STEM-ready school. Through extensive professional development made possible through a 2013 STEM grant, our teachers (PK-5) are now incorporating STEM learning strategies into their lesson plans. Local students will increasingly experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as subject areas that are very much related. Research indicates that this process advances student achievement in all four subject areas.
STEM represents Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Although all four subject areas have been taught in schools for decades, STEM acknowledges the need to integrate, or combine, the key elements of each to accelerate and improve student learning and achievement.
Dr. Judith Ramaley of the National Science Foundation is generally credited with the first use of the term STEM around 2001.