STEM concept is growing worldwide as it aims to lessen the gap between contextual and rote based learning. The objective is replacing it with a practical approach, which will equip children with the skills and knowledge needed to get lucrative opportunities in their field of interest. It aims to clear the fundamental concepts of STEM disciplines, so that the learners can opt for their higher studies and beyond.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy and are a critical component to help U.S. become future ready. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators.
Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, the mathematics and science scores on an average among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries.
STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is all around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is not only used to design simple roads and bridges but also tackles the challenges of the changing global weather, while introducing environmental-friendly changes to households. Mathematics is in every occupation; every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and may pursue a job in a STEM field.
STEM education also reaches beyond the classrooms and although it doesn’t necessarily mean someone will end up in a STEM-related profession, scientific, technological and mathematical knowledge is integral in today’s world to many different careers, such as journalism, museum curation and community outreach.
Every job includes a financial aspect – maths education is crucial for this. We live in the digital age, so technology is important in all jobs. Even if you choose humanities and the arts, computer skills are something you should be familiar with.
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