(Science, Tech, Engineering, Math)
If we want to ensure our children have access to in demand jobs, then STEM skills are a requirement and not an option. The US Department of Education reports that the number of STEM/STEAM jobs in the United States will grow by 14% from 2010 to 2020, growth that the BLS terns as “much faster" than the national average of 5-8 % across all job sectors.” HuffPost (Read the full article below.)
In the technology and educational sectors, STEM is the acronym for the educational focus in science, technology, engineering and math. In the last few years, we’ve added the Arts and renamed it STEAM. This is important because not only do we want our children to have the STEM skills but also creativity skills to reimagine what exist and create a new. Adding the arts provides our children with that opportunity.
Are STEM skills a part of every schools' curriculum? What are we doing to connect our schools with Sorrento Valley. What partnerships have we developed to ensure all students have an opportunity to work with scientists and engineers? What are we doing to encourage our high schoolers to apply to engineering programs, and what purposeful partnerships are we forging with local universities to ensure that our students have access to their programs?
What the Research Says
An Article in the Huff-Post asks, "But why is STEAM so important to teach kids in school today?"