[STEM is one of those edu-acronyms that gets tossed out at large conferences, as models for new innovative schools, and a “catch all” for science and math stuff lately, yet it still seems to mystify many teachers. An informal poll of teachers in my district revealed that while a good portion of them knew that it stood for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, many of them weren’t sure what it meant beyond students taking a more project based approach to science and math. Other teachers I’ve talked with around the state have a similar understanding, but a growing number of them have begun to understand that ]{style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 24px;"}STEM is really about flipping the traditional classroom structure[, from teacher-centered learning to more inquiry, problem solving, and exploratory learning.]{style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 24px;"}

Good way to see it.