Tomorrow’s leaders are today’s students, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (or STEM) are some of the fastest-growing in the job market. They made up more than one out of every ten jobs in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This is where STEM education comes in.
In short, STEM initiatives are designed to make these subjects more appealing to students by presenting them in hands-on, interactive environments, as opposed to the traditional method of pencil-and-paper problem solving.
LANDESK and STEM
LANDESK recognizes the importance of early STEM education, even winning Business of the Year by the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education (UACTE).
As the KUTV news story shows, kids who may have otherwise scoffed at the idea of becoming software developers or computer systems analysts are falling in love with these subjects through STEM.
“I like computers and I’ve always wanted to create my own game,” says soon-to-be seventh-grader, Ricardo, who is out of school for the summer.
Bruce Cutler, STEM education coordinator for LANDESK, sees the value in teaching kids about coding through code.org. “They learn about geometry, they learn about angles, and they learn about software loops.”
But the STEM initiative is more than just learning computer skills; it provides young people with the opportunity to learn them.
“Without the proper exposure and hands-on experience, students may be unaware of the endless opportunities that emerge from science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Steve Daly, LANDESK CEO.
Many of the kids in the Boys and Girls Club come from working class families who might never have envisioned themselves as engineers or physicists. By teaching them from an early age that they are not only capable of tackling these subjects—but that they can have fun with them, too—they are paving new and exciting potential career paths for themselves.