- STEM Education
- November 19, 2019
Need for Jobs
A recent survey by PwC has announced that there is a need to create 10 crore jobs in growing India by the end of the year 2027 as 10 crores employable people will be added to the workforce. Also, it should not be missed out that this is the era of Information and Technology which demands innovative advancements in every field, be it the cleaning of house floors or sending satellites in the space.
Nowadays, the broom is replaced by the hi-tech intellect self – cleaning robot and every business require a team of thinkers and innovator who strategically devises plans based on a huge pile of data. So not only the number of jobs is rising but the pattern of job roles is also changing.
Looking at the current changing trends, educating your child will not be sufficient as it doesn’t give a sharp edge to his/ her potential. The coming generation of the workforce will surely have to work their fingers to the bone in order to stand out in the market and prove their worth.
The Need For STEM In Jobs
As a working professional, you must be aware of and experienced the conflicting situation of the real workplace against what we learnt from schools and colleges. This experience of yours will definitely agree with the demand of practical skills such as creativity, problem-solving and other people skills like communication and teamwork in the work field.
These skills are no doubt labelled as the 21st-century skills better known as the STEM skills. Be it creating a machine or working with machines or working with people, the STEM skillset is highly appreciated in new jobs.
However, looking at the marks – focused and exam-oriented education system of present-day, we definitely need some extra efforts to add the extra cheese in the success of future generation in the form of STEM education. STEM education in India is taking a good grip in the market as educators are understanding its importance and practising the STEM learning in their schools.
There are many educational ventures like Tinkerly that facilitate STEM learning by providing services such as STEM labs and Tinkering labs with STEM kits. These STEM tools provide enough space and practical approach to the students instead of rote learning.
Employing STEM programs at the secondary level not only boosts the STEM skills of students but also gives a new and effective angle to the Indian education system. At the bigger picture, this will strengthen the Indian economy in the long run.
Median Age And The Right Age To Deliver STEM Education
It is proved by research that students with STEM education are more likely to choose the super booming STEM careers. This clearly indicate that if a child aspires to enter the STEM workforce, it is better to give him/ her the wings of STEM skills to fly high because children with low STEM knowledge tend to give up on STEM jobs due to lack of knowledge and confidence in the subject matter even though they carry a passion for the same.
But when to target the children for STEM learning? Have you wondered upon the exact age to deliver the STEM education to the students?
Well, it is said that “Learning has no age bar”. But it is also said that “Do the right things at the right time” or else there is no worth of doing right. And so, there is always a specific age to learn specific things. The reason for doing so is due to the level of cognitive abilities of a person and its development as well as his/ her exposure to the practical world.
In the case of STEM learning, the same holds true. As a responsible educator, the best time to accelerate the STEM program among the kids comes out to be 12 to 15 years of age. This is the age group that is not only capable of understanding the concepts of STEM program but also can note the worth of learning these skills for a successful future.
This is the age when students decide upon their career paths based on their interest as well as the skills they develop during these times. So, students who get the opportunity of learning STEM skills during their secondary and high school grades tend to emerge out as highly skilled and creative thinkers in the field of STEM with deep-rooted subject knowledge as compared to none – STEM-educated students.
However, sowing the seeds is always done at the initial stages when a child starts developing an interest in STEM subjects and shows you the signs of a future scientist by reflecting his/ her passion for Science and Technology in the routine activities and play during the early primary grades.
How Big Are The Need And Opportunity?
According to the findings of NSF (National Science Foundation), 80% of the new jobs that will rule the 2020 – 2030 decade will demand one or the other STEM skill and knowledge of Science and Mathematics among the fellow professionals.
We also noted that 10 crore new jobs are being added by 2027 which comprises jobs of the field related to technology, science and mathematics with a grip over finding innovative solutions. Some of the next decade jobs include Technicians, Engineers, Medical Technologists, Scientists, Quality Lecturers and various openings in the IT sector.
All these jobs have their roots in STEM skills. Also, the efforts of the Indian government under the Make in India scheme and promoting small scale entrepreneurship demands the STEM skills for a successful career path as a business professional.
One of the highlighting research finding by Pew research has concluded that STEM professionals earn 26% more wages than their non – STEM colleagues even though their education and experience is equal. Thus, STEM learning helps to achieve a competitive advantage in this cut-throat competition.
If you dream of your child to be extraordinary who creates a new world for himself/ herself and for the people out there which will better their lives then its time to grab hold of STEM education and let your child discover his/ her true potential.
Let the generation Z be the Innovator, the Thinker and the Creator who can design his/ her own path of life by not only choosing the right direction for self but also creating history in the respective path with a positive impact on the mankind.