Welcome, Maryland STEM Teachers
This section of the site was developed to support educators in implementing STEM education in any discipline. The STEM Toolkit contains resources to support teachers in the classroom. Let us know what you find useful and what changes you would like to see. You may want to bookmark this page as your mdk12.org homepage.
STEM Education in Maryland
Vision: Maryland's vision is to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving.
Definition of STEM Education: STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which are expected of a proficient STEM student. These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.
Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice and Frameworks
In 2011 the Maryland State Department of Education staff specialists joined with stakeholders from across the state to define STEM education and develop STEM Standards of Practice. Over 950 stakeholders representing businesses and governmental agencies, colleges and universities, and Maryland local school systems provided input on the Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice. In April 2012, the Maryland State Board of Education accepted the STEM Standards of Practice.
The Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice are process standards that guide instruction and define the behaviors of a STEM proficient student. The purpose for the Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice, Frameworks, and Instructional Guides is to lay a foundation of STEM education for all students. These documents provide teachers and students a consistent approach to implementing STEM education and will provide guidance for teachers as they develop STEM centric units or lessons that focus on answering complex questions, investigating global issues, and developing solutions for challenges and real world problems.
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Frameworks and Instructional Guides
STEM Units and Lessons
STEM Centric Learning Environment
STEM Professional Development
- STEM Education Pipeline
- STEM Education in Maryland Brochure
- STEM Education Frequently Asked Questions
"Maryland's future, and that of our nation, depends in large part on how our schools prepare our children. We are placing an unprecedented priority on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — The STEM disciplines — to assure a brighter tomorrow for everyone."
–Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
The Office of STEM Initiatives
The mission of the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of STEM Initiatives is to provide leadership, support, and resources to Maryland schools that will allow for the design and implementation of an effective STEM program.
Maryland STEM: Innovation today to meet tomorrow's global challenges