28
Jul

the edge of S.T.E.M.


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My daughter was at a S.T.E.M. camp last week.

S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

It was an all girls camp to introduce middle school girls to these academic disciplines.

My daughter engraved metal with a laser to make a bracelet, built a scissors table that was raised and lowered by fluid pressure, took a DNA sample and amplified it with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and also built a desktop computer from a box a components and wrote a simple program on the computer she built.  In addition, she went on a field trip every day to a factory, laboratory, or high-tech company to see S.T.E.M. in action in the real world.

So was so excited about the week.

Times have really changed.  When I went to summer camp in middle school, the most exciting thing we did all week as play dodge ball.

What is your edge of S.T.E.M.?

Is S.T.E.M. necessary to keep the U.S. competitive and secure in the world today?

Yes it is!

I have a PhD in computer science and teach graduate level computer sciences courses from time-to-time.  What I see over and over is even with our graduate students there is a big disconnect about the importance of S.T.E.M. skills and how they apply to the real world.

The big question is how can we get our kids to realize how important S.T.E.M. is?

How can we make them realize that someone actually has to understand all of the S.T.E.M. disciplines to create the smart phones, tablets and game consoles that we as parents cannot pry out of their hands?

Is there an app for that?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.