Inspiring A STEM Educated Generation

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Inspiring A STEM Educated Generation

You’ve probably heard the term a lot lately, and for good reason, jobs in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are rapidly increasing in demand. According to Statistics Canada, the STEM sector of the job market is doing the most hiring, however, a report by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICT), says, Canada is failing to produce enough gradates to fill such roles.

 

The success of our global economy is dependent on a generation that is prepared to pursue STEM careers. Unfortunately our day-school curriculum is failing to inspire students to pursue STEM and for those who are striving to seek an education in STEM, our day schools are failing to meet the needs of such students.

 

The Globe and Mail reported that through a co-authored report, Closing the Numeracy Gap; an Urgent Issue for Ontario, professors Graham Orpwood and Emily Brown “found that 83 per cent of grade 3 teachers and 80 per cent of grade 6 teachers have no postsecondary background in mathematics.” They wrote, "Ontario's teachers are, in our view, as professional and dedicated as teachers anywhere in the world. However, in common with teachers in many other jurisdictions, most Ontario teachers are not provided with the training required for effective mathematics teaching."

 

Simple Ways to Get Your Children Hooked on STEM Early On

 

Playtime with Toys
The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox set for 7-12-year-olds is sure to get your child hooked on robotics. With more than 840 LEGO pieces, the building system tasks children with building their very own tablet-controlled robot, while introducing them to concepts in engineering, coding and problem solving.

 

Gaming
Whether it’s engineering or computer programming, the STEM sector requires workers with an advanced skillset in problem solving, logical thinking, and planning. ThinkFun Rush Hour, the “Traffic Jam Logic Game,” tasks players with recognizing patterns of varying difficulty to get their red car through to the exit, avoiding blocking cars and trucks along the way. With 40 challenges and solutions for beginner players to experts, this game is perfect for children of any age, and even adults!  

Everyday Education
While day-school curriculums in both Canada and the United States are making efforts to inject STEM education into classrooms, their initiatives aren’t meeting the needs of the fast growing industry. Encourage your child’s interest in STEM by exploring enrichment programs, such as Spirit of Math, visit local museums, nature and science centres, planetariums, and other avenues where they can observe and interact with STEM.

 

WATCH: STEM Education: Developing 21st century problem solvers

 

Has a unique toy, game or institution helped your child develop a passion for STEM? Let us know how and tell us what you think, in the comments section below.

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