Sherman ISD Career Education currently offers 2 career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Engineering with an Aviation/Drones focus will be added in 2020. All pathways are designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore a career pathway and obtain internship experience and/or certifications when completing the pathway. All courses provide state academic credit and meet the required Texas Essential Knowledge of Skills (TEKS).
What is STEM?
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A common definition of STEM has been referred to as education an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.(Tsupros, 2009)
According to the National Science Teachers Assocation, biochemistry, engineering, computer programming, and emerging technologies are just a small sliver of what the STEM workforce needs. These positions require the most skills, and we need to continue developing students for these specialized fields, but we cannot forget the larger segment of industry that relies on STEM. Construction, transportation, and even the hospitality industry rely on a STEM-developed workforce. Whether it’s understanding how an engine works, or plotting trucking routes, the advanced level of technical knowledge and problem-solving capability needed for these positions have become obstacles that did not exist 10 years ago. This explains why industries view career and technical education as a key piece of STEM education. Students must be prepared for any path they choose in life, whether it is directly into a STEM career or studying a specialized STEM field in college. (NSTA, 2014)