Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education is quickly becoming one of the most popular and sought-after curriculums in the American education system. There are several good reasons for that.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, job opportunities in the STEM field are growing at the rate of 17 percent annually, while non-STEM related jobs are growing at 9.8 percent. And, the salaries of those who hold a STEM-related degree are higher than those of non-STEM degrees.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals also play an important role in growing and keeping the American economy strong both now and in the years to come.
Pursuing a STEM-related degree can help turn students into critical thinkers who can analyze and solve problems. With its emphasis on science and technology, STEM is also helping develop the next generation of inventors and researchers who will bring new products, processes, and breakthroughs to the market.
Make no mistake about it, STEM is a part of nearly every aspect of our lives. Even a cursory look around will quickly demonstrate how science and technology are a part of our daily life. Engineering is about much more than designing bridges and roads. It is also changing how our homes operate. And, math is used in every job that exists.
That is why it is so important to expose students to STEM-related concepts and occupations from an early age. The STEM curriculum gives them real-world scenarios that not only them learn, but help them live.
For example, Engineering For Kids combines different courses that give students a chance to see how classes apply to their lives outside the classroom. Making math and science fun for the student may give them the desire to pursue a career in a STEM-related field.
As the world’s economy becomes more knowledge-based in the 21st Century, STEM also helps overcome the gender and ethnic gaps sometimes present in the fields of math and science.
By breaking traditional gender roles in STEM-related occupational fields, the curriculum will help the nation to compete in an increasingly global economy.
STEM-related learning must be encouraged both at school at home so students can see how the classes not only impact and better their lives, but the lives of those around them at home and abroad.