By Julia Ng and Maria Marginean, Interns at The DAE
As the technology sector generates an increasing demand for jobs, the growing need for young people to be exposed earlier to STEM cannot be ignored. As a nation, high-quality STEM education is unevenly distributed, particularly for students in more rural and urban communities. As Matthew Randazzo, the chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, explains, millions of students across the country live in “STEM deserts” (Randazzo) where the schools do not have access to engaging math and science courses. Without these courses, students lack the opportunity to learn more about technology in addition to the necessary skills to be competitive in the workforce. However, while there is opportunity to succeed in these lucrative fields, there is an insufficient number of qualified people to fill these jobs. In fact, “Georgetown University conducted a study on job growth and education requirements across the workforce through the year 2020, and found that almost 5 million jobs will go unfilled because of skills gaps, particularly in the growing fields of healthcare and STEM” (Soulé). Dr. Helen Soulé is the Executive Director of Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), where she has led the organization’s state recruitment and support effort, the 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program, and other initiatives. She is an active advocate for the incorporation of STEM for a bright future in education. Dr. Soulé insists, “We don’t need every child to grow up to become a scientist, engineer, or designer, but we need everyone to grow up knowing how to think like one. With STEM, we can really make sure that students are ready for many of the challenges they will face.”
Come to The DAE to introduce your child to the world and learn how she or he can gain the STEAM mentality and learn how to problem solve. STEAM education ensures the young generation of today has the skills they need to take part in these possibilities. Using STEAM principles, The DAE is an environment that allows children to learn, explore, and most importantly, create something amazing. To make sure your daughter or son doesn’t miss out sign them up for one of our summer sessions!
Randazzo, Matthew. “Students Shouldn’t Live in STEM Deserts.” US News. US News, 10 May 2017. Web. 19 May 2017.
Soulé, Helen. “Why STEAM is Great Policy for the Future of Education.” P21.org. 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 19 May 2017.