Building STEM Skills with the Newspaper

In today’s society, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is more important than ever. STEM is all around us. Science—weather, nature, animals; Technology – computers, smartphones, tablets; Engineering—designing buildings, roads, bridges; and Mathematics—grocery store, banks and more. STEM education encourages critical thinking, analyzing and making connections.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the 10 fastest growing careers from 2008-2018 are biomedical engineers, network systems analysts, home health care aides, financial examiners, medical scientists, physician assistants, skin care specialists, biochemists, and athletic trainers. All of these are STEM careers.
The newspaper is an excellent source for students to keep up to date with current events and to sharpen their critical thinking skills. In this guide, you will find a brief overview of the four main branches of STEM, newspaper activities to reinforce those skills, and extension activities.