The acronym STEM, short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, isn’t just one of the new education buzzwords that will be heard during your child’s school career, but it is one that will impact the U.S. and global economy for years to come. In a world that is becoming increasingly science- and tech-centric, the lens through which our students look at the world has become more focused on these four main areas. Therefore, learning the importance of these curriculum areas for your children is critically important for many reasons. Let’s take a closer look at STEM and the relevance and value it holds in our community today.
- Cultivation of STEM Skills – When schools like NSCS follow a STEM curriculum students learn essential skills such as problem solving, analytical thinking, and the ability to work independently. Students who are encouraged to take part in hands-on experimentation find that they can support a claim with evidence, have increased intellectual curiosity, use data-driven decision making skills, creativity, and flexibility. These skills are not only higher level thinking skills, but also skills that will serve our students well in furthering their education beyond our walls as well as into the workforce.
- Job Opportunities and Strengthening the Economy – According to the U. S. Department of Commerce (DOC), STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. The studies within the DOC all acknowledge that STEM is where the job market is heading. Without a workforce that can take on these jobs, our economy could falter. With a STEM education, students are encouraged to think deeply so that they have the chance to become the innovators, tech experts, scientists, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world.
- Making a Difference in the World – As children of God, our focus is not just for our well being or statistics regarding the economy or jobs, but also about making a difference for those in need. 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.
- Bridging the Ethnic and Gender Gap – According to the website Engineering for Kids, “STEM education helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. Initiatives have been established to increase the roles of women and minorities in STEM-related fields. STEM education breaks the traditional gender roles.”
(Source: Department of Education)
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