As a parent or educator (or parent-educator), you’ve probably heard many times that learning basic STEM ideas is valuable for children of all ages. But why the emphasis on STEM’s importance as a part of any kid’s education? Does STEM really matter? This is a big question with a simple answer: Yes, STEM is essential. STEM-Based education encourages critical thinking. The ability to think critically about lessons helps kids develop richer connections with subjects that can sometimes seem vague or theoretical, like math and science.