Digital and STEM Concepts for Future Careers

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving that combines creative thinking with hands-on testing.


Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.


Digital Citizenship is the ability to use technology responsibly, safely, and respectfully. It involves knowing how to use the internet in a legal, ethical, and responsible way.


Digital Design refers to the creation of digital products, like websites and mobile apps. The ultimate goal of digital design is to communicate esthetically, functionally and informationally.


Coding creates instructions for computers to follow. These instructions determine what actions a computer takes. Programmers build programs, such as websites and apps with code.


Computational Thinking involves breaking down complex problems into smaller parts in a systematic manner and developing solutions that are clear to both computers and humans.


Critical Thinking in Research requires interpretation of data, arguments, and evidence. Well-reasoned arguments and evidence are used to justify and synthesize thoughts.


STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. It is an interdisciplinary approach including hands-on, problem-based learning.


Robotics combines science, engineering, and technology to design, construct, operate, and use machines programmed to replicate, substitute, or assist in tasks of varying complexity.


AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a machine’s ability to perform some cognitive functions. Generative AI allows users to input prompts to generate new content of various types. AI “learns” and is trained on documents and artifacts that already exist online.


Virtual Reality is the computer-generated simulation of a 3D image or environment that can be interacted with using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet or gloves with sensors.


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