The importance of #STEM Education for our children
Our mission is to become the preferred external provider of STEM education to the students and school systems of NSW and the ACT. STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – and therefore, STEM education, are vital to the of our country and the future of our children.
We experience the benefits of these disciplines constantly in our modern lives. Today when people speak of “technology”, usually they mean computers and smartphones, but technological advancement goes back to the innovations of television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives.
While the term “STEM” may be knew to you, its significance is well understood. A 2009 study by the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. Health care workers with associate degrees to doctors of medicine will average 20% more in life time earnings than peers with similar degrees in non-health care. A glance at 2010 starting salaries for engineers with $47,145 for civil engineers to $60,054 for chemical engineers is strong evidence that STEM related jobs can be financially rewarding careers for our children.
Schools and parents in other countries see STEM as critical, and are creating programs to encourage their children.
At Bricks 4 Kidz®, we emphasise the STEM disciples in all our programs. Our goal is to excite the kids about the possibilities of creating and building, and inspire them to dig deeper into these fields. As we say – they think its fun, and you’ll know its education. Soon, we’ll announce our planned programs for autumn and winter – keep an eye on this site.
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