The Glossary section provides a list of terms that are used throughout the T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint. As you meet with other academy leaders and T-STEM Coaches, attend professional development events, and speak with the T-STEM Centers, the terms listed in this section will be used frequently. To ensure clarity of the terms, a brief definition accompanies each of the words listed. In addition, some hyperlinks have been added as additional resources for some of the terms listed. If there is a term not listed that you would like further clarification on, please feel free to contact us.

  1. Service Learning

    Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

  2. Stakeholders

    Leadership team, design team, advisory board, and representatives from: school board, community, students, parents, higher education, STEM businesses, T-STEM Centers, T-STEM Coaches.

  3. STEM

    Science – Using inquiry, materials testing, data collection; Technology – intake, processing, ouput (communications); Engineering – engineering design process in projects, problem solving, innovation; Mathematics – symbolic language, analysis, trends.

  4. STEM-Literate

    One understands how STEM can impact the quality of life for an individual, the education community, workforce of the future, the research environment, and public policy actions (Leigh R. Abts, Pd.D., 2008, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland).

  5. Student Voice

    The individual and collective perspective and actions of young people within the context of learning.

  6. SWOT

    Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.