STEM in Orange County
The Orange County Department of Education STEM Unit provides evidence-based strategies and practices that spark innovation, promote collaboration, and showcase hands-on/minds-on teaching and learning through an integrated STEM education. STEM is a process-oriented approach, grounded in content knowledge, skills, and dispositions, whose purpose is to empower all learners to lead in a democratic society.
Our Mission is to build an inclusive STEM community that empowers all learners to better their world.
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"K-12 STEM education encompasses the processes of critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration in which students integrate the processes and concepts in real world contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, fostering the development of STEM skills and competencies for college, career, and life."
"As educators, we are preparing our students to live in a world that is more complex and more connected than ever. It is imperative that students develop competencies in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and character to assure their success in college, careers, and life."
"Science, mathematics, engineering, and technology are cultural achievements that reflect people’s humanity, power the economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, workers, consumers, and parents."
"An increasing number of jobs at all levels—not just for professional scientists—require knowledge of STEM."
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