The Importance of STEM Education

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 15, 2016 10:00:45 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in education, engineering, General, mathematics, science, STEM, STEM education, students, technology

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By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

Innovation is at the forefront of the technical field, requiring a societal emphasis on the development of technological skills. It is now more important than ever that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are a main aspect of the educational infrastructure. Science and technology are improving the quality of human life by creating innovative technology that is becoming a more integrated part of our bodies and environments. Engineering and mathematics are helping to overcome the challenges faced around the globe. The need for STEM-based innovation will make it essential that students are being trained to fill the occupational demands in STEM fields.

Introducing students to a STEM-based curriculum will be beneficial for their future. In the current technological era, there will be a greater need for jobs in technical fields. This means that getting children interested in science and mathematics will help lead them down a path to success. Students will develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will help create an opportunity for a valuable career when they are older. The United States Department of Education projects that there will be a substantial increase of jobs and salaries in STEM-related fields within the next ten years. The ability to evaluate complex information and solve difficult problems will make today’s students the future of tomorrow’s innovation.

The prosperity of students in terms of their educations and their futures is not the only reason that a STEM curriculum is necessary. As the push for globalization continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important to embrace the benefits of science and technology that are at the foundation of the global market economy. Students will learn real world applications of science and technology through a STEM curriculum. This is crucial for future innovation as it can help lead to solutions to global challenges such as cancer, global warming, hunger, and much more. In order for globalization and innovation to be sustained, it will be critical that the educational system can spark its students’ interests in STEM subjects.

The current curriculum does not convey the necessity of scientific thinking in our lives. Educational systems need to prepare students for a future job market that will depend upon science and technology. There is a diverse set of careers that can come from a STEM-based education. The variety of STEM jobs should be leading the push for a new curriculum because it will teach students that science, technology, engineering, and math can be applied in so many different ways.

In order for global scientific and technological innovation to continue to expand at its current rate, educating children on STEM subjects should be required. Inspiring students to embrace the problem-solving skills that are learned through STEM topics will assist in creating a bright future. It is important that any technical subject material is taught in a very enthusiastic and interactive manner. Fully engaging students in STEM materials will help in developing the next generation of innovation. Enforcing a STEM-based educational curriculum can be beneficial across the globe in terms of creating future, cutting-edge, technological advancements.

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Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 14, 2015 10:47:55 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 50 on Fire, Adam Justice, CEOs, ChicagoInno, civic professionals, company, December, education, employees, entrepreneurs, Featured In, food, General, healthcare, incubators, innovators, investors, Marketing, non-profits, professors, tech, tech hub

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When a city's innovation economy is on fire, it's the result of thousands of people and companies, across a variety of categories, heating up their respective industries and departments.

Yes, a pillar company is important to the overall health of an ecosystem, but a single success story isn't sustainable. That's why Chicago's emergence as a leading tech hub is due to all of the innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, employees, professors, civic professionals and more that are driving the city forward.

Below is the list of the 150 nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire, our December awards event. Featuring CEOs and Heads of Customer Support, early-stage startups and established enterprises, incubators and non-profits, this list is a celebration of the top innovators and influencers in tech, education, marketing, food, healthcare, and more. (The final "50 on Fire" will be revealed at the December, 2nd event via an action-packed 10-minute video).

Read more and see the nominees by clicking here.

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