Why It's Important
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are fields which require skills that are critical in competing for 21st Century jobs. Most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science and it is especially important in rural communities to expose students to STEM education and experiences. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
Children who participate in STEM based learning will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons that provide opportunities to see how concepts relate to real-life application. Students will be more prepared for careers that are in demand locally as well as nationally and worldwide.
What We're Doing
Kane Education Foundation is working with our school district as well as colleges, universities, and local businesses to fill the gap in programming offered to Kane County Students.
First Lego League Challenge - Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. The Foundation provides financial and coaching support to the local teams. To learn more about First Lego League click HERE.
Girls Go Digital - A Dixie State University program that provides girls age 8-18 opportunities to learn about computers, programming, technology and design. Kane Education Foundation was able to sponsor over 30 girls to attend a GGD summer camp in Kanab. To learn more about Girls Go Digital click HERE.
STEM Night - A free annual community event hosted by Kane County 4H, where hands-on activities and demonstrations engage children with various STEM experiences.
What Still Needs Done
Efforts to promote STEM learning experiences have sparked curiosity in hundreds of children in our community. Interest in the programs and events has been great and, as a result, we need to expand programs to give more opportunities to more children. STEM related activities by nature require significant resources and supervision. In order for these programs to reach the most number of children we need to provide more adult supervision. For example, if we can provide more First Lego League coaches, we can have more teams participate in the challenge.
If you have a strong interest in helping the STEM Strategy of the Kane Education Foundation, please contact Tana Seaford.
“Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.” - Tim Minchin