Why STEM Education Is Important For Everyone!
STEM! Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics! STEM education is vital to our future, our future being the human future. The future of our country, the future of our world and the future of our children. Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences, it makes up a majority of what we do on a daily basis.
Have you considered how often we experience STEM in our lives? Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation…the list is almost endless. In today’s world, Technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, Engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics. STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives.
How STEM effects what is closest and dearest to us, our children? STEM is their future—the technological age in which they live, their best career options, and their key to smart decisions. This is yet another US stat…according to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 19%, while others are growing at 9.5%. 2011 starting salaries for engineers were $52,546 for civil engineers to $70,568 for chemical engineers. This is strong evidence that STEM related jobs can be financially rewarding careers for our children.
Keep in mind, this is from US Stats, but I am sure it will reflect Canadian stats: according to the U. S. Labor Department, the 10 fastest growing occupations from 2011-2018, and their average wages are
- Biomedical engineers, $77,400
- Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
- Home health aides, $20,460
- Personal and home care aides, $19,180
- Financial examiners, $70,930
- Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, $72,590
- Physician assistants, $81,230
- Skin care specialists, $28,730
- Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840
- Athletic trainers, $39,640
These can all be lumped into STEM careers!
STEM careers are truly “helping” professions that build communities and make the world better. These professionals are in charge of solving the troublesome problems of today’s world and the future of tomorrow. They are working to find solutions for global warming, cancer, third world hunger and dissolving habitats. STEM careers are both challenging and fun, people in them enjoy going to work every day… our children should enjoy learning about them.
Investing in the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics makes sense for local technology firms. Canadian companies are finding it difficult to recruit these professionals. If they want to continue to be successful in today’s ever-changing business environment, they will need employees who are smart in these education streams. These careers are clearly what fuels our economy.
Because STEM is so important for our children, our region and our country, we need to encourage the students currently in our educational systems, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives. Students should understand the importance of taking math and science courses in elementary, middle and high school. These courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making science and math courses fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.
Check out a site on what STEM is about: http://www.stemschool.com/articles/what-is-stem-education
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