Tapping the Strength of the STEM Initiative
There’s a compelling youth-and-tech-related movement sweeping the nation. It’s already successful in a number of major cities and is set to be implemented in a growing number of states. It’s called the STEM Initiative, and we’re seeing other children’s organizations join in on the good news.
Kids across the nation are becoming increasingly confident about pursuing education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This is exciting. A recent Pew Research Center report indicates that 48 percent of U.S. adults feel the shortage of STEM teachers is “very serious” and another 38 percent think it is somewhat serious.
Don’t let the “STEM Initiative” chatter at school and the increased popularity of STEM-related toys distract you. As an expert in entrepreneurship and schools that teach entrepreneurship to children, I believe it’s critical to stay focused on the knowledge that STEM education matters to kids, but it’s even more important to step back and consider how to put that knowledge to use.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the STEM Initiative and forget the underlying point: Kids – and adults – should take it upon themselves to help them identify and support the organizations and people that do things in the STEM space. This will enable the STEM initiative to scale and ultimately make a real difference.