STEM-How do we utilize the M?

STEM has become a focus for many different schools as we think about preparing students for future careers and the needed job market.  While teachers work together to design integrated units that include science, technology, engineering, and the arts, there can be a struggle to ensure that the mathematics content is at a deep level of understanding in the integrated unit.  The National Council of Teaching Mathematics provides many different resources and an article that shares the joint statement on STEM from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  There were many important topics discussed within this article and many points addressed in regards to including sound mathematics in STEM units such as:

  • It is important to ensure that the mathematics is consistent with standards for the targeted grade level(s).
  • A meaningful STEM program should be founded on the mathematical thinking and knowledge that are consistent and supportive of the science and engineering practices outlined in NGSS.
  • Use Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, for eight teaching practices that students should be engaged in while working through rich tasks.

When designing integrated units it is important that mathematics goes beyond serving as a tool for science, engineering, and technology and application of content in relevant situations is considered.  TeachEngineering offers many different resources for STEM content that is hands-on and supports the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

As you consider mathematics in your STEM integrated units, please reach out to Ashley Flatebo, a STEM representative for Central Rivers AEA or any of the math consultants for any assistance and/or guidance.



Ashley Flatebo is an Instructional Technology Consultant with Central Rivers Area Education Agency. She can be reached at

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