STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education has become increasingly important in today’s world as technology continues to advance and shape every aspect of our lives. It is no secret that STEM jobs are in high demand, and this trend is only expected to continue in the future. In fact, it is estimated that by 2025, there will be nearly 3.5 million unfilled STEM jobs in the United States alone (Lazio & Ford, 2019). This means that K-12 schools need to do more to prepare students for STEM careers.
Incorporating STEM education into K-12 schools is essential to setting students up for success in future careers. Here are some reasons why:
- STEM jobs are in high demand. As mentioned earlier, STEM jobs are in high demand, and this trend is only expected to continue. By incorporating STEM education into K-12 schools, students will be better prepared for these careers and will have a competitive advantage when they enter the job market.
- STEM education promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills are essential in any career, but especially in STEM careers, where innovation and problem-solving are at the forefront.
- STEM education promotes diversity and inclusion. It allows students from all backgrounds to explore and learn about different fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By promoting diversity and inclusion, K-12 schools can help create a more equitable and just society.
- STEM education is hands-on and engaging. STEM education is hands-on and engaging, which makes it more fun and interesting for students. It allows them to learn by doing, which is proven to be more effective than traditional lecture-based learning.
- STEM education prepares students for the future. As technology continues to advance, it is important that students are prepared for the future. STEM education teaches students the skills they need to keep up with the latest advancements in technology and science.
Overall, incorporating STEM education into K-12 schools is essential to preparing students for future careers. Build the classroom of tomorrow, today, and bring STEM learning to life for your students and staff with JASON Learning. To schedule a demonstration, visit https://jason.org/demo/
Lazio, R., & Ford, H. (2021, July 7). The U.S. needs to prepare workers for STEM Jobs. SHRM. Retrieved March 30, 2023, from https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/summer2019/pages/the-u.s.-needs-to-prepare-workers-for-stem-jobs.aspx