3D printers. Augmented Reality. The Internet of Things. CRISPR. Do you notice anything about these popular and yet ever-so cryptic technologies that exist today? I’ll give you a hint; they all have one thing in common. They all originated from a career in the wonderful world of STEM.
In celebration of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, one of the biggest computer science education events of the year – Computer Science Education Week – will take place next week from December 5th – 12th. The Computing in the Core Coalition started this campaign back in December 6th, 2009 in response to a declining interest in computer science studies. They were on to something, with the demand for individuals to pursue a career in an associated field on the rise. For example, a career as a data scientist is in hot demand, with nearly 80% of data scientist reporting a shortage in their field. Based on current estimates, there are about 11, 400 and 19,400 data scientists worldwide. There is also an increasing trend for the need for more cyber security, due to the rise in cyber threats and cyber terrorism. It should be mentioned that high school students who studied the arts in high school for four years score an average of 98 points higher on the SAT’s than students who studied arts for a half year or less.
So whether your student, younger sibling, son or daughter doesn’t tend show an affinity for math or science, don’t fret. We have programs that introduce concepts in entrepreneurship, engineering, math and other fields in the guise of a creative workshop, like making an electronic dart board with play-doh!