Courtesy of our friends at Edutopia, this is a fascinating infographic about the value of a STEM education. Among the amazing statistics:
- 80% of the fastest growing careers in America depend on mastery of science and math skills (but students are not currently equipped to meet this need)
- On a recent international assessment, the US finished 24th in Math (out of 34 countries) and 17th in science (out of 34 countries)
- Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was 10 times that of non-STEM jobs.
The stats maybe amazing, but since we keep hearing this over and over again, we can’t really say they are shocking. While we definitely need to help our middle and high schoolers to see the value of STEM education, it is even more important to start younger. All of this is what makes a toy like TROBO so important. Our goal with TROBO is to get the youngest children to be curious about the world around them and to learn how things work. With that knowledge – and that inspiration – they can continue to grow and learn, whether they end up pursuing a career in a STEM-related field or not. That inquisitive, problem-solving skill set is valuable, regardless of what career they end up pursuing.
The important part is to start now. We can’t afford to wait any longer.
Check out the infographic from Edutopia here.