Here’s another one…another compelling argument for STEM
STEM careers are truly “helping” professions that build communities and transform nations.
These professionals are in charge of solving the complex problems of today’s world and its future. They are working to find solutions for global warming, cancer, third world hunger, disappearing habitats, and an interdependent world economy.
Yesterday’s stereotype of the ‘geek’ in a lab coat is not representative of today’s STEM teams, where economists work with researchers on technical transfer and engineers build the state-of-the-art equipment for businesses working with cutting-edge technologies.
STEM careers are both challenging and fun—people in them enjoy going to work every day.
STEM education is very important.
All of our young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow.
But, right now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers.
Introducing our young children, teens and young adults to STEM and STEM opportunities is a must and getting them engaged and excited about seeking advanced schooling in STEM fields is essential to meeting the STEM job demand.
For example, according to the U.S. Department of Education, we know that only 81 percent of Asian-American high school students and 71 percent of white high school students attend high schools where the full range of math and science courses are offered (courses such as Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics).
The access to these courses for American Indian, Native-Alaskan, black, and Hispanic high school students are significantly worse!
Children’s race, zip code, or socioeconomic status should never determine their STEM fluency.
We must give all children the opportunity to be college-ready and to thrive in a modern STEM economy.
Because STEM is so important for our children, our region and our country, we need to encourage the students currently in our educational systems, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives.
Students should be advised on the merits of taking as many math and science courses in middle and high school as possible. And these courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities.
Making science and math courses fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.
STEM careers are clearly what fuels our local, state and National economy.
If the United States is to maintain its global leadership and competitive position, then we just have to motivate our most promising asset our children, into the STEM fields.
But science & math teachers can’t do it all on their own.
Parents have to become more interested and knowledgeable about STEM. Investing in the future of STEM science, technology, engineering and mathematics makes sense because
STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.
STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives.