By Human Resources Department
With new technologies being developed every day, encouraging young students to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is more important than ever.
Promoting STEM education is a truly global effort. In May, sixteen high-tech companies in Belgium came together for Engineering for Kids, a technology fair in Ghent. Students 10 to 16 years old participated in over 20 experiments, activities and games that highlighted real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math studies.
At the Rogers Corporation booth, kids could drive a train after installing a Rogers RO-LINX Busbar. They also tested Poron XRD by dropping a bowling ball onto glass, M&M candies, and even onto their own electronic devices protected by the material. These hands-on activities gave Ghent youth the opportunity to see STEM in action, and ignite a spark of excitement for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Rogers Corporation is also now part of the STEMConnector™, an online network of educators, industry partners, community organizations and others sharing and exchanging ways to raise awareness about STEM Initiatives. Together with STEMConnector, we have the opportunity to promote STEM to students across the country.
The Arizona STEM Network, headed by the Arizona Science Foundation, is a growing program promoting STEM to both students and educators. A few of the programs available through this division include providing facility tours to middle and high school students, speaking engagements by engineers and others at local schools, and designing hands-on lessons around engineering and related topics. This STEM network gives businesses the opportunity to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math fields.
In Illinois, the Business Roundtable supports the state’s STEM initiatives and policies. This STEM network has developed Illinois Pathways, a series of nine clusters of STEM-related fields, helping to pair STEM subjects with real-world applications. This STEM network advocates women in STEM fields, career awareness, and offers teachers real-world STEM experience to demonstrate in classrooms. The growing program asks local companies to offer tours and in-school visits by engineers to show students how to apply an education in STEM.
Connecticut’s STEMconnector program, lead by the Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection, emphasizes hands-on involvement in STEM education with events like the CT Student Innovation Exposition, The CT Science Fair, the Invention Convention and others. Offering examples of these real-world STEM applications is an engaging way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.
“When students have the opportunity to showcase their work to professional audiences that go beyond the four walls of the classroom, it increases the quality. There is no question that student achievement and engagement increase with these phenomenal events.” Frank LaBanca, Director, Center for 21st Century Skills Education Connection
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