Kristina James, director of marketing at MDR, recently published an article on how today’s students are twice as likely to enter a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics industry as their parents were. Unfortunately, there still won’t be enough workers to fill all of the STEM jobs in the near future.
The majority of teachers believe STEM education is extremely important. Manufacturers can help teachers close the skills gap. James feels that manufacturers need to partner with educators to improve students’ understanding of STEM and expose them to available jobs. She proposes the below strategies:
1. Give teachers applicable resources. Students need resources that not only provide practical, real-world experience, but also teach them the value of math and science in every field.
2. Partner with tech-heavy schools. Because schools are the talent pool for future employees, companies should do more than just show up on career day and tell the class what they do. By partnering with schools that are technically advanced, employers can enlighten students about a career they didn’t even know existed.
3. Start early. None of these strategies should be limited to high school students. In fact, it’s never too early to help children become creative, scientific thinkers.
4. Visualize success for students. Teachers and manufacturers can explain the importance of a STEM career, but students should get a firsthand look at these jobs to understand their value. While the resources you provide educators will hone students’ critical thinking skills, painting a picture of success in a STEM field shows them that those skills are essential outside the classroom.
“The collaboration between educators and manufacturing professionals is a big step in the right direction. When exposed to these skills and given the ability to experience STEM, students won’t just become more interested in math and science — they’ll be inspired to drive innovation and change the world.” ~ Kristina James
To read James’ article in full, click here.