STEM GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Engineer — An engineer is anyone who designs and builds machines or structures.
Engineering Design Process – The cycle of steps that engineers engage in when creating a solution to a problem.
Model — A detailed visual, mathematical, or three–dimensional representation of an object or design, often smaller than the original. A model is often used to test ideas, make changes to a design, and to learn more about what would happen to a similar, real object.
Prototype — A basic, functioning version of a product, often made with cheap, readily available materials that are easy to work with.
STEM – Acronym that stands for four related skillsets: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
STEM ECOSYSTEMS — STEM ecosystems engage young people in science, technology, engineering, and math through interconnected community networks that include schools, libraries, museums, and workplaces.
STEM EDUCATION — The study of science and math with purposeful integration of technology and the engineering design process