Why is STEM education important?

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STEM Explained

STEM Stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It is a vital area of study and development for students who will be forging a career in an economy increasingly dependent on technology and innovation.

The students of today will become the leaders of tomorrow and it is important that they are prepared to solve problems, think critically, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are all skills that are practiced and perfected in STEM disciplines. 

Why pursue STEM?

Many parents are aware that the future will be even more technology reliant and STEM careers are often higher-paying fields. They understand that a career in STEM will bring both job stability and higher earning potential for their children. 

However, sometimes it is difficult to encourage pursuit of STEM related educational activities with their children. In order to encourage school aged children to pursue STEM the students must understand not only the value, but the excitement that is within STEM.

If we want a society of future leaders who have the ability to understand and solve complex challenges and meet the demands of an evolving workforce, strengthening student’s skills, knowledge, and fluency in STEM is crucial. 

Naturally Curious

Children are born with a natural curiosity about the world they live in. From infancy, they are trying to learn and understand the “hows” and “whys” of the world. Little explorers as young as 8 weeks old are absorbing every sound, touch, and feeling to better understand the world they are living in. 

At a TEDX event, Dr. George Land said his reasearch found that all children are operating at genius level (in terms of creativity in problem solving) at age 5.  By age 10, that number dwindles to 30%. At age 15, only 12% are maintaining their creativity and problem solving skills. Most alarmingly, as adults only 2% are. 

The shocking implication is that as we age, our creativity and problem solving abilities die. But what about the educational system – isn’t the intent of an education to prepare us for our lives as adults? It appears that our current educational system is lacking in a few very important areas. 

“School teaches us to conform, but the imagination teaches us to create. Authority teaches us to obey, but curiosity teaches us to question. Society teaches us to follow, but the heart teaches us to lead. The path we seek is within, do not be misled from without.” — Gavin Nascimento

Focus on STEM 

The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 29th in math and 22nd in science among industrialized nations. What’s more, a recent survey revealed that only 29 percent of Americans rated this country’s K-12 education in STEM subjects as above average or the best in the world.

In October 2019, the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House published the Progress Report on The Federal Implementation of The STEM Education Strategic Plan. The report is in response to a federal strategy to create a future where all Americans will have access to STEM education. This is an effort to propel the United States into a global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. 

As a nation, we are making progress but we are not leading, and arguably not competitive against other countries’ educational systems.  

What does all of this mean for your student? 

Put simply – if you want your student to have a quality education, maintain their creativity and problem solving skills, and have a rewarding future career – you need to supplement their education. 

How S2STEM Can Help?

At S2STEM we offer a wide variety of fun programs for kids ages 4 and up. Our programs are sure to ignite or relight the love of learning in any kid. We offer everything from spring break camps to after school clubs. Kids can do interesting activities like Building a Laptop, 3D Printing, and Inventing An App.