Introducing Kids to STEM Futures

May 26, 2022 1:30 PM ET

Did you know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an over 10% growth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs in this next decade, a rate 3% faster than all other industries? That’s a big deal, and a big goal to fill.

The students of today are going to become the leaders of tomorrow, so they need to be connected to the real world now. The Tech for Global Good Virtual Field Trip (VFT) is a great way to show students various STEM jobs and the impact they have on the world.

Offered at no cost, the VFT is part of Tech for Tomorrow, a program from The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education that introduces students to cutting-edge technology and inspires them to create enduring innovations for the future.

During this virtual learning experience, students go behind-the-scenes at The Tech’s family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose and meet a diverse group of individuals who are using data to change the world for the better. In addition, students discover how the United Nations is using data to help solve health crises, how information systems are used to find solutions to homelessness, the ways technology is being used to address economic inequality, and how new smart devices are saving cattle.

The accompanying educator guide provides important topic tips, tricks, and guidance for how to make the power of STEM learning come to life before, during, and after the virtual experience. The students walk away with the ability to:

  • Draw conclusions about the characteristics of a successful innovation.
  • Communicate important information concisely.
  • Advocate for action towards social good.
  • Participate in the innovative iteration process.
  • Consider data gathering and analysis when problem-solving.

Technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science are all being used to solve global problems and prepare kids for a bright future in STEM.