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Fostering Innovation Through Youth Education in STEM and EdTech

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Technological innovation is on the rise, and the world of today looks very different for most than it did ten years ago. With most having access to formerly cutting-edge tech like smartphones and tablets, and new breakthroughs in blockchain and AI technology, the difference is notable; and likely will continue to be so as these innovations become more widely accepted.

As an educator, you’ve likely seen some changes to your day-to-day operations. With cutting-edge educational technology, back-office software that eliminates manual record-keeping, and automation you can leverage to connect with students and parents, you’re seeing an unprecedented amount of technological support. You’ve also, likely, struggled to adapt and learn new systems.

STEM education prepares your students to face this brave new world, training them in the skills they’ll need to work with these systems. Altering your curriculum to gear students toward the new market will help them select jobs where they can thrive and teach them the skills needed to solve problems in the future.

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Firstly, it’s important to understand that as the job market changes, the kinds of jobs that are both available and have longevity will also change. AI technology, in particular, is responsible for shaping some of those changes, as it provides automated support to a number of career paths that makes some positions obsolete.

However, AI cannot replace the human element, and there are a number of career paths that cannot be made obsolete; career paths that even benefit from actively using AI in their day-to-day. This is because AI is fundamentally designed to provide support for roles, not replace them. These career paths include:

Vocational instructors;
Healthcare workers, including psychology/psychiatry;
Maintenance and repair technicians;

When creating a curriculum that gears your students up for entering the market, focus on helping them develop skills that AI cannot replicate: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and emotional intelligence. You can also teach them, if they’re set on a particular career path, how AI will impact that career path and how they can use it to provide support in their future role.

Allow them to experiment with publicly available models like LLMs throughout this process, as training them to craft prompts and showing them what sorts of responses they can expect can help set expectations for future use – all the while training them in a valuable skill.

Leveraging Grants and Other Resources

If your school doesn’t have the resources on hand to start STEM programs, you can also look into an increasingly large pool of grants that are available.

STEM programs are valuable for two reasons: one, they train your students in a market-valuable skill, such as robotics or software design, and two, participants in such programs will often receive scholarships. STEM programs also allow students to explore many high-demand tech-industry vocations, allowing them to investigate how their interests and market needs align before stepping into the real world.

It’s also key to note that while there is an abundance of private businesses extending generosity to schools in the form of grants, recent federal initiatives may also unlock STEM programs for institutions across the country. The YOU belong in STEM initiative has allocated millions of dollars to institutions for STEM programs, provided all-new grants, and aims to do more to advance STEM education across the country.

Preparing Students to Resolve Future Challenges

Finally, we address our last question: how can you prepare your students to resolve challenges that we’re struggling with now and in the future?

Awareness of these complex issues begins in school. You have a unique opportunity to get students critically thinking about a number of high-profile challenges that they may implement resolutions to. Some of these challenges are:

The role of virtual reality in day-to-day life;
Leveraging clean energy for eco-conscious technologies;
The evolution of online communities and socialization challenges;
Accessibility of cutting-edge tech across demographic groups;
IoT and the evolving purposes of wearable devices;
Obstacles to fiber internet deployment.

Holding discussion groups in class centered around news articles, thought leadership pieces and recent world events can foster interest and meditation on these topics. Having a conversation with your students about food shortages, for example, and the technologies being used currently to address the issue, their pros, and their cons. While you aren’t likely to come up with a world-changing answer in the classroom, students will carry those discussions with them out of the classroom and into the market.

STEM is the future for our kids, especially as technological innovations like AI expand into every occupation and role. We hope this brief primer gives you the information you need to tailor your curriculum accordingly and give your students the tools they need to succeed.

By Katie Brenneman.

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  • May 16, 2024 12:47:32 PM

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