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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics together make up the core of STEM disciplines. STEM utilizes collaboration, problem solving techniques, new concepts, and is solution driven.

STEM typically uses convergent thinking, which is preplanned, and specific results are achieved in the end. Depending on the approach, divergent thinking can happen along the way. This form of thinking uses free play with lots of creative options, and a definitive result once the project is finished.

Science

What is science? Well, by asking that question, you already have one foot in the door to understanding. That’s because, at its most basic level, science is about asking questions to better understand the world around you. It is the systematic study, testing, and asking questions to know the universe. Science is divided into three major branches: natural sciences, which study nature; social sciences, which study people; and formal sciences, like mathematics, which study logic. There are also applied sciences, such as medicine and engineering, that use science to do specific tasks.

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Technology

Look around you -- technology is everywhere. Technology refers to tools, knowledge and discoveries that are used to connect, innovate and inspire. In STEM, technology focuses on computers, programs and the systems that connect them together. Technology is found and used in science, engineering, math, and medical fields, from sensors used in health care to software that creates models for construction and building.

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Engineering

Engineering is a discipline that uses science, math, and technology to plan, design, and build things. Engineers are problem-solvers, inventors, researchers, and pioneers. The impact of engineering can be found everywhere in our daily life. An engineer created the device you're using to read this website, the buildings you live and work in, the roads and vehicles that move us around, and the processes that provide us with fresh water and electricity.

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Math

Mathematics is the common language uniting all STEM disciplines. It allows us to organize and structure knowledge in a way that can be shared with others throughout the world and across generations. The effects of math on daily life cannot be overstated. The room you’re in, the device you’re reading this on, and the vehicle you took to get here all operate on mathematical principles. In fact, it would be nearly impossible for most humans to live one day without benefiting from research and discoveries made possible by mathematics.

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