STEM stands for an education based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students often lose interest in these disciplines early on because they find them too dull or too difficult. After a few years, the majority of students drop these subjects all together because they are considered too challenging, time-consuming, or costly.
This occurs all too often, despite the fact that a workforce with a STEM education is essential for the growth of every community. New innovations, research, and development all depend on analytical reasoning skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities as well as a solid scientific base which are nurtured by a grounding in STEM education.
Not only is STEM education an area of concern for policymakers looking to maintain a steady influx of people with a STEM background into the workforce, but it is also of interest on an individual level.
This is because people with a STEM background will find it easier to get a job and will get better pay then people without a STEM education. Moreover, even when these individuals work in an unrelated field, their abilities mean that they are more likely to be successful and will be earning more than their counterparts. The question then is how to keep kids interested in STEM education?
Recent attempts to improve STEM education in schools with better curriculums and teacher training are increasing students’ interest in these subjects. The media is also playing its part by casting those with a scientific education as cool and ready for the future. However, it is not nearly enough.
Getting students involved on STEM subjects is essential. One way is to use the fun associations of summer camp for the benefit of students. A STEM summer camp that works to make math and science activities fun will increase a child’s interest for fields involving STEM.
When hands and minds are both occupied in fun interdisciplinary activities at a STEM camp, the child will understand concepts thoroughly and be able to apply them to real-life situations. Being able to understand and apply theory means that kids are less likely to write of STEM education as either too hard or too boring and will be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to obtain a STEM education in the future.
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