By MakePi in News Posted October 17, 2017 Tags children,Code,computer Science,MakePi,program,RaspberryPi,STEM,tablet,Technology
MakePi reinstating STEM as a four-letter acronym
STEM Education in the US
Recent research published by the Pew Research Center purported that US students’ academic achievement in STEM subjects still lags behind that of their peers in many other countries. For example, the US sits in the middle of the pack as regards mathematics and science, ranking 29th and 22nd in these subjects respectively.
Furthermore, according to the US Department of Education, only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career. What’s more, a recent survey uncovered that a mere 29% of America’s citizens rated the country’s K-12 education in STEM as above average or the best in the world.
A Cause for Concern
Why are these statistics alarming? Because, as reported on by LiveScience, an estimated 8.65 million workers will be needed to fill STEM-related jobs by 2018. In addition, the projected percentage job increases in STEM-related occupations far exceed those of many other occupations.
Certainly, high-quality STEM education is needed to fuel progress and development in the US and help fill those jobs. However, STEM education seems to be a failure to deliver on this. One possible remedy is to take a more thorough, holistic approach to STEM education.
STEM is a Four-Letter Acronym, Not Two
Of course, STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is a most exciting set of subjects; subjects that are beautifully woven together by the same underlying principles.
When we think of the four subjects above, we may feel a little more familiar with science and mathematics. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because science and mathematics are discrete school subjects, whereas technology and engineering are often viewed as topics one can specialize in at university. Or perhaps it’s because, as educators and parents, we feel it is easier to resource and teach science and mathematics.
The resource of teaching engineering and technology is indeed far more challenging and time consuming. It requires more forethought and planning, as well as more complicated and expensive resources that are harder to use and obtain.
However, a more holistic approach is worth our while, as children see the many wondrous applications of science and mathematics in areas such as technology and engineering.
MakePi Endeavors to Make STEM Education Holistic Again
Companies such as MakePi are endeavoring to regain the balance in STEM education by providing high-quality and easy to use resources, such as the ‘MakePad’, that promote deep learning in the technology and engineering aspects of STEM. In doing so, they hope to improve the quality of STEM education in the US, and inspire students to take up one of the many exciting careers available in STEM.READ MORE