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STEM Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high-quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, but it's not something that can be simply defined.

In Oklahoma, STEM education includes the individual disciplines of mathematics and science as well as the purposeful integration and application of mathematics and science with technology and engineering. STEM Education is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.

To ensure Oklahoma students become inspired learners and prepared leaders who can solve the challenges of a world of emerging STEM careers.  The Oklahoma State Department of Education STEM Team will provide leadership, support, and resources to allow for the design and implementation of effective STEM learning environments and prepare students to make informed decisions on STEM issues and careers.

The OSDE STEM Team designs all projects and activities around these three goals:

  1. Ensure all students have access to STEM education opportunities
  2. Ensure all students have access to highly effective STEM educators
  3. Leverage the stakeholder resources and partnerships to strengthen the STEM education effort of each school.

To ensure our vision is realized, indicators of success are being developed to measure

  • STEM Readiness of Graduates
  • STEM Access for all Students
  • STEM Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Expertise



STEM Framework- STEM as a Soundboard:


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Last updated on November 8, 2019