STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and it’s the guiding educational concept today in preparing high school students for colleges and also for jobs that demand cutting-edge technology. In these specialized classrooms, they can try out some of the ideas and tools they will need for jobs in rooms that may look like a woodworking shop at one place and a computer repair shop in another.

Teachers are learning, too.

“I’m used to physics and a cut-and-dried curriculum,” said Newark teacher Peter Yonko. “This is not.”

STEM is not the only foundation of maker spaces. STEM becomes STEAM with the addition of the arts. Wilbur Elementary, for example, incorporated a maker space in its new art room.


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