STEM literacy is important for success in a wide variety of careers -not just engineering. Scientists and mathematicians, after all, are trained to solve problems. Who wouldn’t want a little extra boost in solving problems? Wouldn’t it be an advantage to have a great problem solver on your team? Careers of the future will rely more and more heavily on some level of technology savvy. It is therefore important not to overlook the importance of including these skills in our capability tool box.
Over the past years, the U.S. has fallen further and further behind Japan, China and India in STEM education. This is a national crisis, considering today’s students will be competing in an increasing global marketplace. Adding to this dilemma is a well-documented trend that indicates student interest is increasingly declining in science, technology engineering and math.
There are numerous extra-curricular STEM activities available across all age groups, if you take time to seek them out. Check out the websites of local companies to see if they sponsor events or can provide support to groups you may be affiliated with – such as scouting or school projects for example. Many companies will arrange tours or job shadowing. At AGI,
engineers in software development and aerospace often reach out to local groups to support rocket launches and science-focused activities. For the past 10 years, AGI sponsors an annual Space Day in May, filled with hands-on activities for a group of third grade students around the local area. We also host a monthly hands-on science program for students in grade 3 – 9 called Galaxy Explorers.
These are just some examples of the many ways we can provide exploratory opportunities to our future leaders in STEM. Let’s keep our STEM pipeline full of enthusiastic and qualified youth – check out programs near you!