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On The S.T.E.M. Track To Success
As part of our programs’ use of partnerships, Tierra Antigua ES was partnered with Tools for Learning Outreach Services, which offered the students an opportunity to learn hands-on with the use of technology tools including LEGO® sets, software, and curriculum.
The partnership program lasted 10 weeks. As the time drew to a close, the students were hooked. That meant one thing: STEM wouldn’t stop with the partnership. In all our programs, we are meticulous in integrating math and reading as important elements of each of our specially created classes; it only makes sense to do the same with all the STEM subjects as well. Tierra Antigua ES instructors made that happen, now the students participate in weekly STEM challenges. These challenges range from cookie towers to building bridges. The kids are divided into teams and the friendly competition creates a sense of excitement, which keeps the students even more engaged in the lessons.
Although the US has been a leader in science, technology, engineering and math careers historically, in recent years fewer students have been focusing on STEM subjects of study and careers in STEM. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career or have a proven proficiency in mathematics. Moreover, to make matters worse, a large percentage of these students will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school.
Nationally our country understands that without changes in attitude and interest in STEM related subjects and careers, our position as an innovative global leader may no longer hold true. It takes efforts at grass root levels to alter the interests of children so they one day choose to be a scientist or engineer or an astronaut or many, many other exciting and high paying careers the field of STEM offers. Efforts like those made at Tierra Antigua ES are the very type of effort that can spark a child’s interest in STEM and have a lasting impact on the students who have the ability to shift the statistics in the right direction. It is through these lessons that each of our program participants are being engaged and hopefully placed on a track to have a successful STEM future.