STEM@Work brings careers to kids

 STEM@Work brings careers to kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…sorry, no, we’re not jumping on the early merchandising bandwagon for the winter holidays. That’s not our line of work, anyway. But it is STEM@Work kickoff time! That means we get to talk to 9-12 graders about the opportunities available to them when they dig deep into science, technology, engineering and math. Here’s Jon Romine at Cape Coral High School on Tuesday.

What he said! We want kids to find their passion, to develop their skills so they can have a fulfilling career and make our future workforce strong and diverse.

STEM@Work provides Lee County students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to not only learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), in the workplace, but to experience creative critical thinking and problem solving utilizing STEM in the real world.

Students selected to participate in STEM@Work will visit several area businesses during the 2016-17 school year to understand first-hand how valuable STEM skills are to local employers looking to hire new employees.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools determined that students need more opportunities in STEM-related fields. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. Besides, those skills are important for a well rounded education. It’s so much fun to get into the classroom and see the next generation of our community leaders. It never gets old, and Jon thinks it keeps him young. Well, he is a kid at heart.

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