Historically, the components of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) appeared crucial for the prosperity of a society. It equips people with a set of skills that regulate how we think and conduct (McClellan & Dorn, 2006). I have learned that STEM education assists us in addressing the world’s current concerns. STEM programs in higher education today provide theoretical concepts and industry-related competencies to support STEM learners in being leaders who can meet the challenges of the twenty-first century (Zizka et al., 2021). I am amazed to note that the discovery of scientific traditions took root in China, India, Central, and South America.
I have learned that STEM education equips students with skills that make them more competitive and prepared to fulfill current labor demands in our society. It includes a wide range of experiences and talents. Each STEM component contributes significantly to holistic education in society. STEM assists students in sharpening their research and critical thinking skills in society. Generally, society values science because evidence-based and proven knowledge aids in satisfying many basic human needs and improving living conditions. Technology allows young people to work in a high-tech setting and compete with advancements.
However, in my opinion, the STEM project falls short owing to a lack of teaching competence, curriculum, and funding. Nevertheless, the STEM approach to education develops creativity, diverse thinking, and foundational subjects. It stimulates and drives young people to develop new technology and concepts. One of the significant developments that greatly impacted me is that technology has brought the world to our fingertips, from customized computers in our wallets to self-driving automobiles (Bertoloni et al., 2006). Surprisingly, I still cannot believe that a vehicle can drive itself and am also optimistic that more technology will offer.
Bertoloni, M. D. E. I., Dorn, H., & McClellan, J. E. I. (2006). Chapter 3-9. In Science and technology in world history: An introduction. Johns Hopkins University Press.
McClellan, J. E., & Dorn, H. (2006). Science and technology in world history: An introduction (2nd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press.
Zizka, L., McGunagle, D. M., & Clark, P. J. (2021). Sustainability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs: Authentic engagement through a community-based approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 279. Web.