Written by: on December 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am

As our world becomes more complex, constantly evolving and adapting, the importance for the next generation to have problem solving, research and comprehension, and evaluation skills grows higher in demand. The STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) disciples are building blocks developing critical thinking, creativity, and decision-making abilities in our students. To accurately prepare our students, or next generation of adults, a fluency in STEM is essential.

Growth for careers in the STEM fields have tripled in the last decade. It is projected that more than 2.4 million jobs when unfilled due to a lack of qualified STEM graduates. Today students are increasingly unprepared to contribute to the fast-pasted, competitive world, and STEM enrichment education is the tool to influence change. 

Teachers know how to teach STEM.

Elementary teachers are generalists, teaching all areas of study with very little specialization. Research has shown that most STEM graduates have their spark by grade 3, so the focus on elementary education is magnified. By 8th grade, 50% of students have lost interest, or deemed STEM fields irreverent to their education or career plans. Students aren’t being given the tools to have confidence in STEM, and they’re tuning out.

High Touch High Tech understands the importance of students being given an exciting STEM education.  We understand the anxiety that teachers feel when teaching an almost foreign STEM curriculum, and we reinforce their education standards. High Touch High Tech adapts to local and national educational requirements, providing students an exciting, memorable experience, and teachers with the support they need to accurately prepare their students.

STEM reaches all students.

Black and Hispanic Americans make up 27% of the U.S. workforce, but only account for 16% of STEM occupations. Previously this underrepresentation has been attributed to a lack of diverse mentors in these fields and limited access to advance STEM education courses.

Of black and Hispanic Americans in STEM jobs, 52% say that they are less likely to have a quality education to prepare them for their fields. Additionally, 45% say that there is little to no encouragement to pressure STEM-related subjects during early, formative years. High Touch High Tech has been an advocate for education all students, regardless of socio-economic background. STEM careers out-earn all other fields by 10-15%, making education a key in breaking the impoverished cycle.

As members of our community, and citizens of our planet we must actively work to solve the STEM education crisis. Without a focus on STEM, our world will no longer be advancing, adapting, and growing. High Touch High Tech is steadily adapting to new education trends and standards, technological advances, and scientific discoveries to steer our youth towards STEM successes. For more than 25 years we at High Touch High Tech have made STEM our priority and mission, and we will continue to do so.

Sources Cited:

U.S. Department of Education. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, including Computer Science. November 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.ed.gov/stem

Smithsonian Science Education Center. The STEM Imperative. November 2019. Retrieved from: https://ssec.si.edu/stem-imperative

Murphy, T. STEM Education—It’s Elementary. August 2011. Retrieved from: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/08/29/stem-education–its-elementary

Blackwell & Milgrom-Elcott. America needs to support STEM education. Here are three ways businesses can make that happen. July 2016. Retrieved from: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/america-needs-to-support-stem-education-here-are-three-ways-business-can-make-it-happen

Parker & Funk. “Blacks in STEM jobs are especially concerned about diversity and discrimination in the workplace.” January 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2018/01/09/blacks-in-stem-jobs-are-especially-concerned-about-diversity-and-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

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