By Safi Sadiq
According to US News, by 2020, almost two-thirds of all jobs will require post-secondary education or training. College admission usually requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills learned in math and science. Given these facts, what do we tell the youth who attend schools with limited STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math programs)?
Stem Programs in Schools
STEM programs provide a foundation for higher education as early as elementary school. Tonya Bailey, an educator who has taught for over 20+ years in California public school systems, says public schools serving underprivileged communities are not funded to have comprehensive STEM programs. For instance, schools might have a STEM lab with computers, but they won’t have enough computers for one on one instruction. Furthermore, the schools most likely won’t have the budget to hire a specialized STEM educator for topics such as coding.
How EdTech can Help
To prepare for the tech and science jobs of the future, EdTech companies and educators can partner to develop a well-trained workforce. EdTech companies, specifically, are in a position to create products that can significantly reduce the educational achievement gap in STEM programs.
EdTech companies like Explore Interactive are on the right path of creating STEM focused educational games that are accessible and low cost. For example, these cards (now available for pre-order
) are scanned using a tablet or smartphone. The game is interactive and sparks the innate curiosity students have. Since most underprivileged/rural schools don’t have devices for each student, Explore Interactive’s group game can create opportunities for students to learn—no matter how much money their neighborhood has.