STEM and the Future
September 21, 2016 • David M.
I spent a weekend with the future. Saturday and Sunday were two great days spent at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Hundreds of curious children, eager parents and grandparents, and driven educators came together to see the latest in STEM education solutions.
This happened after a week of meeting schools around Washington to discuss our STEM solutions.
Here’s a summary of what I learned:
What makes a STEM initiative successful?
- Students wanting to know more about their world.
- Parents interested in STEM initiatives to help their children build a secure future.
- Educational professionals committed to the concept of STEM as a cross-disciplinary, integrated effort.
- Community partners that see value developing a local, STEM adept workforce.
With these stakeholders, the following needs to be addressed:
- How do we integrate departments/disciplines to ensure a predictable, consistent and growing STEM program?
- How do we develop relationships between students and local commercial industries who need STEM trained employees?
- How is it financed?
- How is success defined?
Can you imagine a team coming up with answers to those questions? The results could be amazing!
Imagine a program that would introduce math and logic concepts leading to physics challenges that drive an understanding of engineering, biology, chemistry, etc. Those, then, could be applied to real world experiences within the context of humanities, business and social science discussions.
I strongly encourage anyone that is committed to the future of our homegrown, technically adept workforce to consider the advantages of getting involved.
Fifteen years ago, Quest Integration launched our Quest for Success Educational Initiative. This program works with educational groups on integrating curriculum, software, and hardware with the manufacturing community. Districts, schools and educational groups that are interested in STEM solutions are offered commercial level technical support, technology, budgetary assistance and a voice at our local events.
If you would like to work with us, have ideas, start a roundtable discussion, or know more, please let us know.
Working on STEM initiatives really does give me a glimpse of what our future holds. I need my shades!