What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These subjects are often taught separately, but are all interconnected just as reading, writing, and speaking are; understanding in each of the STEM fields deepens understanding in the others.
Science includes biology, chemistry, archaeology, physics, psychology, and any other subject which interprets the world through a logical lens.
Technology includes the use or investigation of any device used to make, learn, or do something.
Engineering, less taught in primary school but increasing in popularity, includes mechanical studies, chemical tinkering, aeronautics, or any other method by way innovation is tested systematically.
Mathematics is the way by which the world is studied through numbers and logic.
What is MySTEM?
"The difference between science and screwing around is writing it down.”
- Adam Savage, The Mythbusters
The MysTEM is the organizational force behind all of our STEM programming, which includes:
STEM activities available for all of our matches at sites
The website, full of fun ideas for things to do together
Mentors from the STEM fields inspiring the next generation of thinkers, makers, and learners
Events held monthly at local museums, schools, and STEM companies to meet STEM professionals and do group STEM activities
The pathway to a rewarding STEM career is filled with barriers that can prevent youth, particularly girls and youth of color, from achieving a future in STEM. Many youth begin to steer away from STEM fields at an early age. Meanwhile, jobs in STEM fields in the U.S. are growing and many companies are finding it increasingly difficult to fill technical positions.
"Every person in this room remembers a teacher or mentor that made a difference in their lives. Every person in this room remembers a moment in which an educator showed them something about the world – or something about themselves - that changed their lives… And innovators… are made in those moments. Scientists and engineers are made in those moments."
- President Barack Obama, January 2010, Educate to Innovate
According to the National Research Council (NRC), caregivers, teachers, facilitators, and mentors play a critical role in supporting science learning. BBBSCM is using its expertise in lasting, inspirational mentoring to help children access the exciting world of STEM. We hope to engage kids who are naturally inclined toward STEM, as well as those who believe STEM is too difficult, boring, or inaccessible. We also strive to engage STEM passionate mentors who believed being a Big was not for them.