21st Century Skills

What are the STEM skills and traits that students need?

Successful STEM students have these traits and need to be:

  • Self-Reliant: able to take risks, make informed decisions, develop self confidence and work within specific time frames while setting their own agendas.
  • Logical Thinkers: able to use the logic and make connections to influence perspectives of natural phenomena.
  • Problem-Solvers: able to frame and apply understanding and learning to novel situations.
  • Innovators: able to carry out independent and original investigation using the design and scientific processes.
  • Technologically Literate: able to understand the nature of technology and apply its use appropriately.
  • Communicators: able to understand and use the STEM lexicon that supports the bridge between STEM education in the school, workplace, and everyday life.
  • Socially and Culturally Literate: able to relate to their own culture and history and apply their understanding of the past to the future.