STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application knowledge to real-life situations. What separates STEM from traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life.
The US Department of Education reports that in world characterized by continuous advancements in the fields of technology and science, our ability to arm tomorrow’s leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully compete on the global stage is of paramount importance. “In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it's more important than ever that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM. If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students' skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields is essential.”
As modern lighthouses are the culmination of more than 2,300 years of scientific, technological, and engineering innovation, the study of these silent sentinels of the sea is well-suited for STEM education including the Preservation Association’s award-winning Science of Light and Lighthouse Illumination workshop.