A definition of STEM education can be found in various places across the literature. Many will argue that the definition will be different depending on the audience and those implementing the strategies/projects/activities.
The work of STEM West reflects the following definition:
“STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that removes the traditional barriers separating the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and integrates them into real-world, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences for students.”
— STEM Lesson Essentials: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2013)
Connections Among the STEM Practices
–STEM Lesson Essentials: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2013)