What is STEM?

The Contentnea-Savannah School STEM lab
The Contentnea-Savannah School STEM lab

The following STEM Education definition is derived from the North Carolina Department of Education. The following STEM Job and STEM Industry definitions are quoted from a STEM Index report from STEMflorida, Inc. in partnership with Workforce Florida, Inc.  The full STEM Index report can be found in the National STEM Attributes section of the STEM East website.

STEM Education and Leadership is to prepare 21st Century K-12 STEM educators and leaders to teach and disseminate new integrated approaches to STEM teaching and learning to benefit students in North Carolina to be career and college ready.  North Carolina’s STEM Education efforts aim to connect education programs, post-secondary education, policy-makers, business/industry, and other state agencies to STEM initiatives to the Department of Public Instruction, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools to ensure our citizens are learning the skills that will keep their communities globally competitive.

A STEM Job requires application of knowledge across the areas of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, and demands higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A STEM Job:

  • Requires a post-secondary degree, industry certification/ licensure, and/or advanced training;
  • Links to career pathways with increased earning potential; and
  • Provides opportunities for advancement and continuous learning in STEM and non-STEM fields.

STEM Industry has a high concentration of STEM jobs, drives economic prosperity, and promotes innovation. STEM Industry links with the Talent Supply Chain to align education and training with demand-driven and market- relevant skills.

For more information, visit the STEM East website.

Contentnea-Savannah School’s STEM Lab

Students work on an interactive SMART Board in the CSS STEM lab.
Students work on an interactive SMART Board in the CSS STEM lab.

CSS is currently the only school in Lenoir County with a computer lab dedicated to STEM education . The lab comprises 12 work stations and an interactive SMART Board, allowing 24 students to work simultaneously on projects related to science, technology, engineering and math. The lab was primarily funded by a $350,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and has been featured in The Kinston Free Press.