To increase student learning, new reform initiatives are emphasizing connections between and among STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. But there has been little research on how best to integrate the subjects or what factors would make this approach most successful.

A new report released by the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council reviews this issue and offers recommendations for a research agenda to advance our understanding of integrated STEM education. NYSCI President and CEO Margaret Honey, who co-wrote the report, said “the potential for fostering the natural connections among the four STEM subjects for the benefit of students is exciting. By guiding the future efforts of teachers, practitioners and others who are focused on STEM education, this report can help improve integrated approaches to STEM learning.”