North Shore Christian School offers innovative S.T.E.M. lessons provided by the “KnowAtom” curriculum. Our students love using interactive experiments and an inquiry-based science curriculum that gets them thinking and stretching their knowledge of the world. The hands-on labs involve our students deeply in the scientific process of asking questions, creating a hypothesis, testing, and analyzing. Not only do our students enjoy S.T.E.M. during regular classroom time, they also happily attend Saturday S.T.E.M. sessions! Let’s face it, diving into learning and solving real world problems designed by KnowAtom is interesting and fun!
The KnowAtom curriculum was written and designed by scientist and Gordon College graduate Francis Vigeant, who spent significant time at NSCS delivering professional development to teachers and meeting with students. KnowAtom’s innovative approach to science and engineering curricula gives teachers a roadmap for the year, empowering them to lead students in meaningful, inquiry-driven learning.
What does the current research from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education say about the benefits of S.T.E.M. for our students now and in their future career opportunities? Here is a peek into the advantages of such a curriculum.
Career Opportunities: Students who follow a S.T.E.M. curriculum may have more career opportunities
Key findings by the U.S. Department of Commerce also include these startling stats:
- In 2015, there were 9 million STEM workers in the United States. About 6.1 percent of all workers are in STEM occupations, up from 5.5 percent just five years earlier. This number has grown and is expected to grow well into the 2020s.
- Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared to 6.4 percent growth for non- STEM occupations.
- STEM workers command higher wages, earning 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts in 2015. This pay premium has increased since our previous report, which found a STEM wage advantage of 26 percent in 2010.
- Nearly three-quarters of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to just over one-third of non-STEM workers.
- STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non- STEM occupations. A STEM degree holder can expect an earnings premium of 12 percent over non-STEM degree holders, holding all other factors constant.
Stay tuned as we report future findings and statistics that support S.T.E.M. education. To find out more about the KnowAtom curriculum we use at NSCS, visit KnowAtom.