For the uninitiated, STEM, means Science, Technology, Engineering,and
Mathematics with a strong national push for properly educating many more
US students to be competitive in these areas and, of necessity, the
teachers to meet that need.
Focus on the essential mathematics, careful reading, and science
courses? How simplistic; that's what Legos are for. Crossfile
under, "some things that are impossible to make up" and
"some things that are impossible to parody".