And therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future…
the future of our country, the future of our communities and…the future of our children.
Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.
Have you considered how often we experience STEM? How often we experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our lives?
Science is our natural world— our sun, our moon and the stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation… The list is almost endless.
President Obama said, and I quote “[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world.”
In today’s world, technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel.
Technology can provide opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices as well as to personalize learning to meet students’ unique needs and interests, including students who may be disadvantaged or geographically isolated.
Yes, engineering designs buildings, it designs our roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems.
We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone.
We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, at restaurants, at the bank, online, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field Science, Technology, Engineering depends on mathematics.
STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives. Now, let’s consider how STEM effects what is closest and dearest to us—our children. STEM is their future—the technological age in which they live, their best career options, and their key to wise decisions.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. Let’s take a glance at what the U. S. Labor Department says is the 10 fastest growing occupations/jobs) from 2008-2018, and their starting salaries:
Biomedical engineers, $77,400
Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
Home health aides, $20,460
Personal and home care aides, $19,180
Financial examiners, $70,930
Medical scientists, $72,590
Physician assistants, $81,230
Skin care specialists, $28,730
Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840
Athletic trainers, $39,640
Civil Engineers, $47,145
…and, arguably, all of these are STEM careers!
This is strong evidence that STEM related jobs can be financially rewarding careers for our children.
So, let’s start talking STEM to our Teens and let’s start talking now!