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STEM Skills

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. It is an interdisciplinary approach that helps students succeed in college and in their future careers. The focus of STEM education is hands-on, problem-based learning.

Chess is widely known to promote various mental abilities and life skills, including:

  • Problem-solving

  • Creativity

  • Abstract reasoning

  • Improved memory

  • Concentration

  • Critical thinking

  • Strategic planning

  • Visualization skills

  • Patience

"... the ability to generate, understand and analyze empirical data including critical analysis; ... the ability to apply a systematic and critical assessment of complex problems with an emphasis on solving them and applying the theoretical knowledge of the subject to practical problems; ... ingenuity, logical reasoning and practical intelligence.”

[UK Parliament quoted in EU Skills Panorama 2014]


"Using analytical and critical-thinking skills to look for patterns in data, trying to determine what those patterns mean, and then using that data to support a claim."

[Eric Brunsell, associate professor of science education, University of Wisconsin]

Data-driven decision-making

"Students need to be able to make a decision not just based on what they think or feel, but on scientific data that supports the best solution. Everyone needs to know how to do this. It doesn’t matter whether you go on to a career in STEM or not—you need to know how to use

data to make informed decisions in your life."

[Stacy Klein-Gardner, director of Center for STEM Education for Girls, Nashville, USA]


"Employers talk about problem-solving. Society requires problem-solving. Doing your taxes requires problem-solving. Those are the types of skills that really matter."

[James Brown, executive director, STEM Education Coalition]

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