As an educator, you know that STEM/STEAM skills are becoming more and more coveted by businesses that hire students fresh out of school.
According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, nearly all of the fastest-growing occupations are now STEM/STEAM careers. A recent U.S. Department of Commerce study confirms this. The report shows that the demand for STEM occupations is growing at 17% annually — and that science and engineering jobs alone are growing 70% faster than other occupations.
And best of all, STEM/STEAM careers are also fun, challenging and economically rewarding. This leads to success and enjoyment at work and at play. In fact, many of today’s most exciting jobs are those that apply STEM/STEAM skills:
- Predicting earthquakes (Science)
- Coding software for 3D printers (Technology)
- Building solar power generators (Engineering)
- Designing eye-catching web pages (Art)
- Creating algorithms that forecast future behavior (Mathematics)
All great news. But now, the collective challenge of all educators is to motivate young children to pursue STEM/STEAM subjects in school. By building interest and growing skills at an early age, the hope is that students will follow a path leading to success and improved earning potential.
How to inspire your students on National STEM/STEAM Day
What better day to cultivate this interest in STEM/STEAM than Tuesday, November 8 – which just so happens to be National STEM/STEAM Day.
It’s a holiday set aside for teachers around the country to focus their attention on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics lesson plans. And most importantly, it’s an opportunity to inspire student’s success in a fast-evolving world.
To help encourage your students to explore and pursue their STEM/STEAM interests in a fun engaging way, we’ve highlighted some helpful resources found on Edmodo:
Discover engaging science projects and lesson plans shared by fellow teachers and educational companies. Activities range from using an egg to introduce forces and motion, to projects that outline how circuits transfer electricity.
For students of any age, experience or background, you’ll find STEM-focused activities that can make a difference in student’s minds. Included are creative, eye-opening and thought-provoking projects from teachers and publishers.
Drill down to find specific STEAM-based projects ideal for your classroom. Whether it’s studying volcanoes, building motors or understanding the value of ecology, fellow educators and publishers share their thoughts and activities.
Join the conversation as teachers and parents discuss ideas for bringing science to life for your classroom. Ask questions, give sage advice, share learnings, or simply browse the lively discussion as the dialog centers on science.
Be part of a dynamic community promoting all things computer science to students. Discuss computing trends as you inquire about activities and share thoughts on ways to bring technology to the forefront of a student’s mind.
So join us all in celebrating National STEM/STEAM Day. Inspire your class on Tuesday, November 8th with enlightening activities — each designed to help open minds and open doors to a fulfilling future.
And to help other in the Edmodo community make this a memorable and inspiring holiday as well, be sure to share your ideas and activities for STEM/STEAM Day below.