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“S”T”E”M” –It’s Not Just About Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics! It’s About CAREERS For All Kids!

by | Feb 24, 2015 | RE@L StudentCorner

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Did you ever wonder: “What am I going to be when I grow up?”

UnknownOf course, you did! Doesn’t every kid in school wonder? Why would a kid not wonder, given that adults repeatedly ask kids this question: “What are you going be when you get big?”

The answers we first hear from our kids are: “fireman”, “football player”, “nurse”, “movie star….” 

But kids grow up and change their minds. That’s when we need to be there to help them find the right choice…when they are growing up.  It does them little good if we wait till they are out of high school and off to college, vocational training, or missing a job they really haven’t even thought about.

STEM2There is a growing movement today to steer kids toward STEM Careers…good-paying, satisfying jobs that require varying skills in one or more of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to have a STEM career, either. There are many career choices and differing requirements.

The proper model for STEM programs includes engaging kids in classroom activities coupled with field experiences and connecting them with real-world practitioners. We also need to introduce them to folks on the job who can provide insight into the realities of their career.

imagesThe process of making wise career choices for our kids begins in the classroom. It’s vital, then, that we give teachers the tools they need to make it happen. The good news is that the new mobile technology now makes it possible to provide one-click or one-iPad-tap content for teachers who need some help. Content and teaching resources are needed to help teachers help students find career goals that are right for them. Without that backup, it’s just another high-tech gimmick that doesn’t help.

STEMinvestigationsHow about an Electronic Delivery System (EDS) that provides all the teaching/learning tools-du-jour our teachers need to implement daily STEM lessons for the classroom and delivered on demand? Why not indeed? RE@L can do this! That’s a unique, hallmark service RE@L provides to all our classroom apps: RE@L helps the teachers help the kids to learn.

To ensure that these resources reach the teachers and kids, we are devising a unique system of “Just One-click-away Content. The new RE@L electronic portal system will deliver needed, essential materials to classrooms, teachers, kids and mentors everywhere and anytime. What you need is what you get! RE@L augments that service by assisting with readily accessible teacher training services that show teachers how to use these new STEM tools.

We at RE@L believe that teacher training must help to connect STEM classroom learning with real-world field-experiences. If students can’t access the outdoors to do their extended studies, we must bring a virtual field-work to  use in the classroom. 

It’s imperative that students test what they’ve learned with real world applications. Why?Because that’s what STEM workers do every day. And that real-life model needs to be learned in school as early as possible. 

So, if you are looking for STEM learning units that prep our kids for real-world STEM careers, turn to RE@L. RE@L is the real source for real learning about STEM.  

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Randy Nelson & Dale LaFrenz


/// Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. HIs RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market. /// Randy Nelson recently joined RE@L as a BlogMeister and Director of Education for RE@L's new STEM-based LearningProducts. Randy has long been an advocate for more positive, effective changes in K-12 teaching and learning, from his teaching days to his former career as a Superintendent who positively reformed the school district of LaCrosse Wisconsin.w