A strong STEM experience is essential to successfully navigate and participate in our rapidly changing world. An environment of swift and noted change requires each of us to possess and hone a unique set of skills and understandings built on opportunities to learn, explore, and innovate. It is through this approach that we can best assist our young people to develop into responsible, capable, and confident citizens.
Through federal funding targeted for STEM and Career and Technical Innovation, the DuPage Regional Office of Education is committed to doing its part in the journey to graduate STEM ready students. The focus of the grant is to provide STEM learning and preparation opportunities to students, parents, and educators at the middle school level, particularly among underrepresented populations. Programs and events supported through the grant include student and parent events, outreach programs in area middle schools, a website, a newsletter, and professional development for educators.
In addition to the resources on the main page, here is a collection of links to other resources that will be helpful in finding an assortment of lessons and ideas to help you prepare and implement STEM.
The number of websites that offer ideas for STEM activities and projects are quite plentiful. These are among our favorites, with more posted at STEM DuPage. Consider sharing some of these with your students and parents.
Informal STEM learning experiences are among some of the most important in creating and nurturing STEM interest. We are fortunate to have some of the most amazing STEM learning facilities in the Chicago area. Explore some of them, or all of them!
On a practical level, STEM careers are among the fastest growing career areas and projected to grow at a faster rate than non-STEM careers. Overall, STEM employees earn higher salaries than non-STEM employees. Lower rates of unemployment exist among STEM workers than non-STEM workers. STEM careers offer rewards such as high levels of collaboration, innovation, and satisfaction.
STEM careers are more varied and diverse than one might think. A strong STEM education helps students develops skills, such as resiliency, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication, which will prepare them for all careers, and for life.
Begin exploring STEM career options with your students by using the following links.