According to the U.S. Census Bureau, classrooms are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Creating meaning STEM lessons, especially for those most marginalized and historically underrepresented in STEM-related fields, requires curriculum, instruction and assessment that value diverse cultural practices and life experiences.
Educating in STEM goes further than a simple understanding of the physical sciences or problem solving using computers and circuits. When we teach STEM, it is becoming integral to consider the cultural context in which STEM careers and applications find themselves being used. By exploring with students the specific ways that they interact with technology every day, STEM becomes more relatable and relevant.