Growing up, my old man believed in fixing everything himself so my first taste of technology/ engineering was not pleasant. It felt like another chore around the house that had to be done and got in the way of me spending time at a playground. I would later grow to love this very thing that gave me the ability to solve problems, implement ideas and design solutions in real world situations.
The ability for children to self-Identify with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field is a huge advantage in helping young people acquire the vital tools needed to be a part of an ever changing world. A recent study conducted by DUKE University in 2015 revealed that approximately 65 percent of today’s students will end up in jobs that haven’t yet been invented! That’s frightening! How do we arm tomorrow’s innovators and leaders with the tools needed to adapt to the ever-changing technological environment?
The answer is simple… STEM.
STEM provides tomorrow’s innovators the crucial problem solving, critical thinking and strong decision making skills they need to grow with the changing times.
So What is STEM?
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) define STEM as;
“STEM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and their associated practices to create a student-centered learning environment in which students investigate and engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena with a focus on a student’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through shared contributions of schools, families, and community partners.”
This is the definition that we used to build the Design, Technology and Innovations (DTI) program. FLDOE also outlines that “The acronym STEM is fairly specific in nature referring to science, technology, engineering and mathematics; however, the concept of STEM encompasses much more than the sum of its parts.” We have to be mindful when describing STEM because it is not merely a buzz-word that refers to Science Technology, Engineering, Maths or Robotics. STEM is much more than that. STEM is the building blocks for tomorrow’s technological future. The skills that STEM offers in a student’s life are the ability to;
- think for themselves
- learn how to ask the right questions
- identify real world problems
- apply scientific principles throughout the design process
- provide practical solutions to real world problems
- evaluate the performance of working designs
So how does this impact a young person’s life?
The Ascension Works DTI program was developed to spark math, scientific and engineering interest in elementary, middle and high school students. DTI is built on the premence of teaching STEM based principals in a fun interactive curriculum. Our STEM Program is designed to demonstrate the application of existing technology. Students in the program will be introduced to state of the art design concepts. Tomorrow’s scientists and engineers will have the opportunity for hands on experience in building working prototypes they can test in a fun environment. The interactive program is designed to keep students interested in STEM activities while learning critical concepts they will use later in life.
Candidates that go through this program will be able to develop their knowledge base past the classroom and self-identify with a career in the STEM industry even if their parents or guardians do not actively participate in the STEM world. The program is designed to leave successful students thinking to themselves, “I can see myself doing this.”
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