Why is STEM important?

STEM is essentially the future of our world with it being a diverse and constantly evolving field. It is through this that we can solve some of the pressing problems we face in the world. In essence, technology exists to simplify everyone’s lives. However, STEM fields often suffer from a lack of diversity, with underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, being severely underrepresented. In order to make a lasting impact in STEM education, everyone should be able to contribute to the field fairly without barriers. For this to happen, we must work towards a world where education is equally accessible to all without disparities. 


What is STEM education?

STEM education refers to the implementation of a teaching strategy that emphasizes the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into the curriculum. STEM education prioritizes hands-on learning, collaborative work, and the use of technology in the classroom.



  • STEM-centered programs:

There are a number of ways to make a lasting impact in STEM education, one of them being a comprehensive and sustainable program. Programs that have vision, goals, and objectives, backed by research and data, are more likely to have a lasting impact. For maximum effectiveness, these programs should be integrated into the educational system. These programs should be designed in a way that ensures sustainability and consistency. This means working with community partners, policymakers, and funders to build strong partnerships and secure resources for long-term success. In this article, different engaging programs have been highlighted as ways to make a lasting impact in STEM education. 

  • Mentorship:

Mentorship is a powerful tool that has been shown to have a profound impact on individuals’ personal and professional growth. Mentorship and role models can inspire and motivate students to pursue STEM education and careers. Programs that provide access to mentors and role models who are successful in STEM can have a lasting impact on students’ attitudes and aspirations. These mentors can offer guidance and support, share their experiences, build their networks and connections, and help students navigate the often complex world of STEM.

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” – John C. Maxwell

  • Hands-on experiments:

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

The hands-on learning experience is often underestimated but is one of the major ways to make a lasting impact in STEM education. Programs that provide access to lab equipment, workshops, and other experiential learning opportunities can help students develop practical skills and a deeper understanding of STEM concepts. The purpose of STEM is often completely defeated because students are frequently only taught the theoretical side of STEM without seeing how it can be used in real-world situations. These experiences can make STEM education more engaging and relevant to student’s lives, while also preparing them for real-world applications of STEM knowledge.

  •  Diversity and Gender Inclusivity:

There is a growing recognition of the importance of diversity in STEM education, as it not only provides opportunities for underrepresented groups but also promotes creativity, innovation, and problem-solving in STEM fields. Programs that are inclusive and diverse can help ensure that all students have equal access to STEM education and opportunities. By providing a supportive and welcoming environment for students from underrepresented groups, programs can help increase diversity in STEM fields and create a more equitable society. This means working to address the systemic barriers that prevent some students from accessing STEM education, including bias and discrimination.

  • Evaluation:

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion… and a lot of confidence.” – W. Edwards Deming

Finally, it is important to evaluate and assess program effectiveness regularly. By collecting data on program outcomes and using that information to make improvements, programs can adapt and evolve to meet changing needs and ensure their long-term success. This means being open to feedback from students, mentors, and other stakeholders, and being willing to make changes when necessary.


What does STEM stand for in education?

Although the world in which we live is constantly changing, it still necessitates constant skill sets in creativity, critical thinking, and innovation which STEM education provides. Due to its universal applicability, STEM education benefits everyone, not just students who want to pursue careers in the field.

In conclusion, making a lasting impact in STEM education requires a comprehensive and sustainable approach that focuses on mentorship, hands-on learning, diversity and inclusivity, and evaluation and assessment. By working together to address the systemic barriers that prevent some students from accessing STEM education and opportunities, we can create a more equitable and just world for all.

The WAAW Foundation is committed to making a lasting impact in the education of the girl child through STEM. If you are interested in what we do at WAAW Foundation and you want to be part of our success story, visit our website or check out how to help as a volunteer, partner, or mentor. Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)