Manfra, M. M. (2013). Grand challenges: Nanotechnology and the social studies. Social Education, 77(2), 95.
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Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education continues to receive considerable attention from policymakers and funding organizations, but many now agree that a focus on these disciplines alone represents an incomplete education for students. To truly understand the “grand challenges” of engineering, for example, students must grasp the social, political, historical and economic contexts in which these challenges arise. In a study published by Brad Maguth, social studies teachers in a STEM high school demonstrated how the social studies can serve as the “essential ‘glue’ that holds the STEM disciplines together.”