Have You Heard These Things about STEM Subjects?

Transitioning to a K-12 Program from a 10-year education system may be quite confusing. Most of you grew up with the knowledge that high school will only take four years and after that, you go straight to college. But senior high school is now here.

The Senior High School (SHS) program requires you to take two more years in high school and choose which track and strand to take.

There’s quite a lot of tracks and strands in SHS program, you see. Each track could have several strands. For one, the academic track has Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM), General Academic Strand (GAS), and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

But let’s have a quick discussion on one of the most common academic strand, STEM.

Although this strand is popular with many people, there is still so much you need to know and understand about this strand. And we will go through them one by one.


Number 1: There’s a lot of sciences

This is obvious, I know.

But in case you do not know how many sciences are involved in this strand, well, there are 12. Based on the curriculum released by the Department of Education (DepEd), a STEM program should include a total of 12 sciences: four of them are mathematics in nature, for its core, contextualized, and specialization subjects.


Number 2: Don’t forget the basics

Just because you are taking a specialized strand does not mean you no longer have to take on essentials.You still have to take the required core subjects: oral communication, reading and writing skills, literature, and Filipino subjects, to name a few. Oh, Physical Education (PE) is still there, too.


Number 3: Wait, there’s more

According to DepEd, the STEM strand should also include course/s on ICT, research, entrepreneurship, philosophy, personal development, and disaster readiness.  These subjects, albeit not directly related to the disciplines involved in the strand itself, are necessary to be taken by a STEM learner.

You need to learn these things because when you start working, you would realize that there will be moments where you would need the things you learned from the subjects that are not directly related to your field. For example, you work as a magazine writer and then, you would find yourself studying how prime numbers are not as random as we thought they are or how projectiles can be applied to ancient hunting. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it does not mean it’s completely impossible.


So the next time you hear about STEM, always remember that there’s more to it than just formulas, equations, and the likes. STEM, just like other tracks, is programmed to help you prepare for whatever the future may throw at you and help you build a strong threshold in order to soar high and achieve your dreams.

About the author: Cecilia Mari Franco

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