Why STEM education matters
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations are expected to grow over two times faster than the total for all occupations by 2029. STEM classes are also fantastic at teaching students life skills that will aid their growth and exploration well into their future, regardless of their eventual career path. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills, how to collaborate as part of a team, and how to communicate with others, both in writing and verbally. These vital skills create well-rounded, lifelong learners and cultivate the curiosity natural to all of us.
WEF's support of STEM education
Roving teacher brings STEM to TK-5 classrooms
On any given day, you can find Joanne Michael inspiring students and teachers alike as she makes her rounds through Wiseburn TK-5 schools as the TK-5 “Teacher On Special Assignment” (TOSA) Science Specialist.
Day-to-day, she’s bringing STEM to life through engaging, hands-on lessons for students across three Wiseburn schools, and she’s training her fellow teachers along the way. In the past, she’s helped students create postcards that traveled to space and back. She’s launched weather balloons with transmitters that allowed students to follow the balloon on its path across the world. And she also once stuffed over 400 kits chock full of supplies so that students and their families could join in on a virtual science day from home.