Students at Crittenden Middle School benefit from the STEM program because it teaches them the two most important things needed to be viable in today’s job market. It teaches them:
- independent innovation and
- allows students to explore greater depths of all of the subjects by utilizing the skills learned
By the year 2025, it is estimated that there will be some 10,000 jobs available in the Tidewater area alone that will need to be filled. At the moment, neither our community state or nation is producing the qualified workforce to fill the highly needed engineers and science field positions and the jobs are being filled by workers from other countries.
Recent statistics have shown a decline in the amount of college students choosing science and technology related fields of study. Most of this is the result of poor planning and preparation for the required prerequisites in high school. Students have leaned toward easier courseloads.
The United States needs to be more competitive and build new standards for our students. The National Science Foundation “estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.” In order for our children to see the advancements in their generations that we saw in ours, it is important that they have a well-balanced education that includes STEM elements, as well as, traditional classes in the Arts.
STEM education is designed to teach the “whole” student and in turn will make them more successful members of society.