New Jersey Department of Education

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The Office of STEM

The Office of STEM strives to improve access to quality science, technology, engineering, and math education for all students. The office also provides leadership in the development and implementation of progressive policies and practices that assist local educational agencies (LEAs) to systemically and effectively implement STEM education throughout all learning environments so that students can construct and demonstrate their knowledge.

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Expanding student access and opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in New Jersey, paving the way for students’ post-secondary success.
  • Providing students with authentic and engaging learning opportunities in which they use the content and practices of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to construct evidence-based explanations for how a phenomenon occurs or to solve a human need.
  • Expanding the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM and broaden the participation of women and people of color in those fields.
  • Increasing STEM literacy for all students, including those who do not pursue STEM-related careers or additional study in those disciplines.

STEM allows for the integrity of learning the individual disciplinary concepts while simultaneously developing students’ creativity and problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and their ability to collaborate.

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