Overview of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster
Engineers work in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, robotics, electronics, manufacturing, and construction, as well as many other fields. Scientists explore everything from agricultural biology to petrochemical reactions and advanced materials.
Instructional content for the STEM cluster is organized into five career pathways:
- Robotics and Automation
- Scientific Research
To help students learn more about STEM careers, download and distribute the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics College and Career Planning Guide.
Be sure to review the related Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) before you create the outline of training. TEKS can also be drawn from related STEM courses as well as relevant courses from other clusters. In some cases, you will need to work with a student's training sponsor to develop TEKS specific to the WBL experience.
Legal and Safety Considerations
Typically, the responsibilities are organized as follows:
- Teacher-coordinators are responsible for providing general safety instruction and for ensuring that all training takes place.
- Training sponsors normally provide job-specific safety training.
The most common pre-employment requirements are
- age restrictions;
- background checks;
- drug testing; and
- nondisclosure agreements.
Read the examples in the spotlights below.
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Texas Technology Students Association (TSA)
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
There are several professional association related to STEM careers, including those listed below. You may also want to check with your colleagues for advice.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTE professional association websites below to explore later.
Texas Technology and Engineering Educators (TTEE)
Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Texas Health Occupations Association