STEM – An Interview with Denise De Gaetano

The topic of STEM seems to be coming up a lot these days. What does it all mean and why do our kids need it? We got in touch with a data scientist and asked a few questions to help us understand more about STEM.

Denise De Gaetano is a data scientist, science communicator and an entrepreneur by profession. She is also the founder of an online magazine which is presented over a number of different platforms. She is talking to us today to help us understand a little more about STEM as she takes us through her main profession and one of her recent ventures.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is one of the most important aspects of education, as it is part of every aspect of our daily lives. Science can be found in anything and everything in the world which surrounds us. Technology is an ever expanding aspect which is infiltrating our daily lives. Engineering can be as basic as the building and design of roads, but can also tackle global issues such as climate change. Mathematics can be found in every day life, and include both personal and professional work activity.

Why do you think it is important for children?

Exposing students, young and old alike, to STEM, can help them develop interest in the subjects which some may consider to be more difficult than others. Delving into STEM will also help students understand various concepts and hopefully entice them pursue a career in a STEM field. Making mathematics and science fun and interesting can help students do much more than just learn the subject. Ultimately, it will help students develop their curiosity and creativity which they may, in turn apply to STEM fields. STEM activities, can also help bridge gender gaps often present in certain fields.

How do you think STEM will advance over the next years?

“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation

What are some resources parents/students can access to introduce STEM at home?

SED, Science Education is a new platform which brings together scientists, science bloggers, universities, research institutions and companies in the fields of technology, science and the pharmaceutical industry, under one roof. Whether you would like to keep updated, contribute or look up the latest knowledge or internships, you can contact us on SEDcontactus@gmail.com. You can also visit our SED website and be sure to follow our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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