THE RATIONALE BEHIND OUR PROGRAMS
Students in kindergarten this year will graduate in 2028. It is our responsibility to ensure that our children are prepared to lead our country in the 21st Century and compete in the global marketplace. According to a report by the Center on Education and the Workforce, there will be eight million jobs available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields by 2018. However, the report also indicates that the next generation of employees in America will be unprepared and unqualified to take advantage of these positions. This goes contrary to fact that there is a strong desire in this country for all students to perform to their maximum potentials. To reverse this trend, we need to provide our children with a strong academic education that includes a solid foundation in STEM, and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. In the new, knowledge-based economy, strategic thinking and collaborative problem solving are equal partners with traditional knowledge. Students will have to know how to creatively apply their knowledge in order to get ahead in the increasingly competitive global market.
STEM education focuses on improving students' skills and in-depth understanding of STEM concepts. Many education systems have sought to reformat their instruction to prepare students for these particularly challenging career choices. This has been seen as the cornerstone in reviving the American education system and making our students competitive on the world stage once more. "Our success as a nation depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation".
Everyone wants students to be able to perform at their maximum potentials. However, knowing the right answer isn't enough anymore. In the new, knowledge-based economy, creative thinking and problem solving are as important as traditional knowledge, if not more so. Today's students will have to know how to use their knowledge creatively to get ahead in the increasingly competitive global market.
STEM education focuses on improving students' skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many STEM-field businesses have pointed out that they have a hard time filling specialized jobs because of a lack of qualified applicants. In response, many education systems have sought to reformat their learning to prepare students for these particularly challenging career choices. For several years, this has been seen as the cornerstone in reviving the American education system and making our students competitive on the world stage once more. Many education reformers point to this rigorous educational format as a panacea for many of the ills that currently plague schools.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) is gaining traction as a movement in government and research circles as well. Government agencies are also acknowledging that art and science are better together than apart. The National Science Foundation has funded a series of various workshops to explore themes around STEM to STEAM. From the other side of the spectrum, the National Endowment for the Arts has made a major push around what they call art-science initiatives. With global competition rising, America is at a critical juncture in defining its economic future. We believe that art and design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century and the STEAM movement is an opportunity for America to sustain its role as innovator of the world.