What Do You Know About STEM?

 

Have you heard about this thing called STEM?

STEM stands for…science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives.

Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. I’m recording this video on my iPad, and not a video camera. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.

From analyzing music, tracking down computer crime,

…to bringing extinct species back to life; there are an incredible amount of fascinating opportunities in the STEM field that many haven’t even heard of.

In fact, there will be jobs available for high schoolers currently considering STEM – that don’t even exist yet. So, whether you’re obsessed with video games, or a science-fiction nerd, there are opportunities out there for you to pursue your passion AND thrive in a successful career.

The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators…

…In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.

These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

The acronym refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. STEM education is critical to help the United States remain a world leader.

Studies have shown that math and science understanding will be a staple in all jobs moving forward. However, According to US Department of Education, U.S. students are shown to be lagging behind in test scores on these two subjects, further proving the importance of STEM education for our youth and beyond.  So what can you do about it?

It is time to start paying attention to STEM.

A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help our children learn. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy.

This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science.

We have to expose our children to STEM. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.

Whether you’re a student, counselor, educator, or parent, you can get involved. You’re taking the first step by watching this video.

If you’re a student, push your school to teach STEM classes…

…Counselors, promote students to peruse a career in STEM. Educators, teach students the relevance of STEM in everyday life, start with their smart phone, everyone has one and parents, let’s inspire & challenge our children to do well in STEM, Science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

We must expose our children to STEM and we must do it Now! Our children’s future depends on it!

Obtained content for blog from Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, www.sciencepioneers.org, and www.ed.gov/stem.