So, what is STEM?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. While all jobs are expected to grow by 10.4%, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 21.4%. Similarly, 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills.
Why STEM early ?
Of the 3.8 million 9th graders in the US, only 233,000 end up choosing a STEM degree in college (National Center for Education Statistics). That means only six STEM graduates out of every 100 9th graders. While we know that young children work their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Games app easily, We have learnt that they too engage with ideas big and small – problem solving, thinking mathematically and using logic and reasoning. It is the practical application of those ideas and the creative thinking required to solve authentic problems forms the basis of a truly engaging learning experience.