Three More Reasons We Need More "STEMs" Growing in K12!

RE@L logo_Corp_color_RGB-high-REZRE@L has posted many a Blog in recent months on the topic of STEM. What’s all the fuss about STEM, you wonder?

Well, consider this: STEM careers in 2013 were 20 percent of all jobs in the U.S., and will be growing by an astounding 17 percent more by 2018. (Brookings Foundation citation).

stem_logos_02The big challenge for our K12 schools is to help fill those jobs with competent employees, who are now in our classrooms wondering what careers to pursue. We at RE@L believe STEM careers should not only be among those careers, but we further believe that there should be Equity of Access, as well.

Read our RE@L blog on this topic from an earlier posting:

What’s all the fuss about STEM, you may wonder? 

Well, the big challenge for our K12 schools is to help fill those jobs with competent employees, who are now in our classrooms wondering what careers to pursue. In other words, our schools should be providing courses that are attractive to both girls and boys. We should also work harder to make certain we have better representation among our minority students. 

The good news is that it’s starting to happen!

SarahBass2014RE@L Founder, Sarah Bass, a former Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, and now Learning Innovator at RE@L, ran across these three blogsites, each of which provides a unique look at what’s happening now with STEM. She highly recommends them. Read on!

AnneJollyFirst among them is a blog by former Guest Blogger Anne Jolly from her “MiddleWeb” Blogsite, subtitled, “All About the Middle Grades.” Anne raises this question: “STEM 2015: Are We Losing Our Focus?”  Count us at RE@L among those who hope the opposite is true. Click on this link to read her overview and her challenge to each of our K12 schools:

Second is a fine piece written by Huff Post™: “Rethinking The Three Rs: Why We Need A New Model Of Education.” They point out that the current job market will be obsolete within 10 years. Most of our students in school now will graduate in 10 years. Now is the time to make the needed changes.  Read their blog at: last blog is from Slate.  It’s titled “Creating Craftier Engineers,and believe it or not makes a solid case on why students should learn to sew in STEM classes. E-Textiles are what’s happening now, and both girls and boys need to know how important a good stitch is. Read on, you’ll enjoy it. Just click on this graphic to the right: 

What are your thoughts on STEM?

How important do you think it will be for our next generation of workers?

Let us know your thoughts. Are there enough STEMs growing in the U.S. of A?

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.