There’s no way around it: our children are significantly better off with strong science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics skills. That’s why S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. education programs are so important. It’s undebatable that these subjects push society forward, and these programs help to find fun and engaging ways to teach them to students, which is all worth commemorating. So, on November 8, we celebrate S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day!
Why We Love S.T.E.M. - S.T.E.A.M. Day
A. It promotes important subject areas
In the coming decades, automation will play a major role in shaping the job market. Trucks will all drive themselves, store checkouts will all be staff-free, and many common jobs today will no longer exist. However, it'll be a lot longer before automation eliminates most of the jobs that come out of S.T.E.A.M. fields, so promoting these subjects is crucial to having a healthy workforce moving forward.
B. It creates a fun learning environment
Everyone can remember a math class that they struggled through, not because of the material, but because of how it was conveyed. A focal point of S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. programs is to make sure that lessons are compelling, relatable, and fun for students.
C. It strengthens our country
Countries that place an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics are the countries where innovation happens — plain and simple. Any nation that seeks to be, or to remain, a world leader would be wise to have strong, compelling programs in place that help teach these subjects.
How to Celebrate S.T.E.M. - S.T.E.A.M. Day
1. Find out which hobbies of yours are rooted in S.T.E.A.M. subjects
Whether it's astronomy, computer gaming, woodworking, photography, or sudoku, chances are that many of your favorite activities have roots in S.T.E.A.M. subjects.
2. Brush up on your own S.T.E.A.M. related skills
If there's one thing that's great about living in today's day and age, it's our access to information. There are hundreds of courses online that could help you brush up on your S.T.E.A.M. skills, many of which are offered free of charge from the world's best institutions, like MIT and Harvard.
3. Donate to your local S.T.E.A.M. programs
Teachers everywhere struggle to stock their classrooms with all the materials they need to teach their classrooms, but you can help. If your child has "outgrown" some of their old supplies — whether that be an old calculator, a set of art supplies, or a retired protractor — a local school could probably make good use of it.