Stakeholders on why STEM Education is important in South Carolina
SC STEM Education Month could not happen without stakeholder support from education, government, community and industry. We thank them for their efforts and contributions in STEM education. Here is their "why" stem education is critical to our state's economic future.
"As educators, we are the decisive element in the classroom or digital classroom. We create the climate where we are an inspiration to our students for them to develop their capabilities in STEM education and careers to help them envision a brighter future. "
"STEM Education is important to SC because the continued economic growth depends on creating awareness about the workforce they will be entering in the very near future. A quality STEM Education means that children will have the skill set to become productive citizens as adults. A statistic I'd like to share about STEM education in SC is…providing exposure to STEM careers is a gift we can give our children by creating awareness of the world around them."
"STEM Education is important to SC because it develops critical-thinking skills and promotes creativity that is required for innovation in a technological world."
"A quality STEM education gives students both the empathy to recognize the world's most pressing problems and the skills needed to effectively tackle those issues."
"A quality STEM education is a foundation for participating in high-demand high-wage jobs. STEM education equips students with the necessary critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative problem-solving skills they will need to tackle many of humanity's biggest challenges."
"STEM is everyday life. It is the questions you ask and the passion to pursue the answers. Education is built on STEM principles."
"STEM Education is important to SC because…..we are building our next generation workforce. STEM Education promotes industry growth and high paying employment opportunities within South Carolina, while supporting the overall mission of ensuring that the United States of America retains its position as a world leader."
"STEM Education is important to SC because we must empower young people to battle misinformation and disinformation about the world around them. When students use STEM, they have verifiable facts and scientific methods that they can apply in a world of alternative facts and anti-intellectualism. STEM sharpens the brain, stiffens the spine, and activates the hands and feet to put ideas into action."
"STEM is the light both figuratively and literally. Without using knowledge gained from science, technology, engineering, and math, there would only be darkness due to not having power. STEM focus makes learning applicable to the "real" world, pushing the teachers to explore new techniques while making learning fun for all grades k-12 shining a light on careers starting with apprenticeships to PHDs helping all children find their own path."
"STEM Education is important to SC because education, particularly STEM education is the foundational component of success in the 21st century and crucial for society's ability to innovate, problem-solve, and compete."
“STEM Education is important to the South Carolina Aquarium because science can spark the conservationists of tomorrow, lighting the way for kids to be lifelong advocates for water, wildlife and wild places.”
"A STEM education is important to SC because of the great career and educational opportunities available in SC. Educational and career opportunities exist in healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, education, bio-technology, research and many more fields! A STEM education will ensure that SC and its citizens continue to prosper!"
“STEM Education is important to SC, because STEM-related jobs in SC are in high demand. Employees with STEM-related skills are essential to the state’s economic progress and success.”
“We actively support STEM education to ensure South Carolina students have the knowledge and opportunity for a career the life sciences in the Palmetto State!”
“STEM education is important to SC because I believe in the great opportunities STEM Education provides our students and meets the needs of our business community.”
"STEM Education is important to SC because it teaches students to have a persevering mindset, to be curious, and to use their imagination to solve problems. Students involved in STEM education develop strong skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. They also understand that failure is part of the process, not a destination, but a stepping stone to success. STEM integrates subjects in more natural and connected way versus being taught in isolation. For me, this is the right approach for education and making a better world for tomorrow."
"STEM Education is important to SC because it provides ALL children enriched learning opportunities that will enhance their lives.
"STEM system, compared to the traditional K-12 classrooms, offers a higher quality education due to the transformation of the students’ interaction between themselves, teachers, and professionals in the STEM fields. Through the system, students can learn about teamwork and collaboration between themselves and peers and with teachers. Students conduct researches and experiments with individuals who help them understand both the concept and skill of how the researches related to real-world applications. A quality STEM education is also the one that enhances the connection between students and society by allowing them to interact with professionals involved in the fields that the STEM system focuses on, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The connection and interactions help them identify their strong areas in the fields, thus deciding on the areas they would like to be involved in to help the society." Read More