who teaches the "STE" in STEM?


teaching, innovation, STEM, science, technology, engineering, mathematics


In his 2009 State of the Union Address (Obama, 2009), President Obama renewed the emphasis on STEM education: "We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the Space Race, through policies that invest in basic and applied research, create new incentives for private innovation, promote breakthroughs in energy and medicine, and improve education in math and science...Through this commitment, American students will move...from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade-for we know that the nation that out-educates us today will outcompete us tomorrow." To be considered a core idea, an idea should meet at least two of the following criteria {NGSS, 2014): * Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline. * Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems. * Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge. * Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.

Original Publication Citation

Bartholomew, S. (2015). Who Teaches the STE in STEM? The Technology & Engineering Teacher, 75(2), pp. 14-19

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Technology & Engineering Teacher




Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology



University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor