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Creating the Next Generation Scientists

Submitted by: Taylor Wilson Thompson

Posted: Aug 28, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST

Series: Education for a Sustainable Future

Tags: education, stem, schools, communities

 
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This is the most recent article in our series "Education for a Sustainable Future". For more articles, go to http://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/86-education-for-a-sustainable-future/posts

Everywhere we turn we hear about STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Educators and politicians have become aware of how poorly high school students perform on international math, science and reading tests and colleges have become alarmed at the small number of college graduates majoring in STEM.  In response, there has been an overkill of advertisement focusing on the need to improve STEM education but little done to truly change the landscape.   Many of the programs and financial investment aimed at STEM education occurs in the schools focused on improving teacher education and new technologies for students.

While improving teacher skills and improving technology represent important pieces of the puzzle, equally important is gaining the support of individuals with whom the students spend most of their time – their parents, and members of the communities in which they live. Parents teach everyday their students’ everyday and the communities’ where the student resides influence them before, during and after school.   So, it makes sense to work with them rather than against them in preparing the next generation. 

Here are ten things we can do to improve STEM education by encouraging schools to work with parents and communities.

 

Schools
1. Share with parents the grade level goals for science.

2. Provide parents with activities that parents can do with their children in STEM.

3. Conduct workshops for parents on STEM activities.

4. Review student’s STEM success with parents at open houses.

5. Conduct open houses for the community focused on STEM

 

Communities
1. Identify agencies and business that are willing to help promote STEM activities.

2. Develop partnerships with the community to sponsor STEM activities and competition.

3. Partner with museums and libraries to host special STEM events for students.

4. Host special school events and show schools how STEM aligns with the next generation of technical jobs.

5. Help train teachers and administrators in new technologies for the 21st century.

This simple alignment will encourage schools, communities and parents to create a positive bond that encourages, improves and invigorates STEM education in the local community.

This is the most recent article in our series "Education for a Sustainable Future". For more articles, go to http://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/86-education-for-a-sustainable-future/posts

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