With the fast pace of technology, it is no surprise that a solid foundation in STEM education (the common acronym used for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) will provide today’s teens with an edge, and will make them more employable, in a range of exciting and lucrative future careers. As a matter of fact, STEM careers currently offer the best entry-level salaries for college grads—estimated to be 30% higher than the average entry-level salary for all careers.
TeenLife, which provides a database of over 2,500 enrichment programs in Naviance, has teamed up with STEMconnector® to publish the 2013 TeenLife Guide to STEM Programs. This 40-page digital guide is viewable online at TeenLife.com/STEM, and is easy to share with parents, students, and other educators in your school community.
The TeenLife/STEMconnector® guide recognizes the inspiring work that educators, like you, are doing to promote STEM education. You should be commended for broadening students’ exposure to STEM careers by bringing technology and social media into the classroom, for initiating STEM-related tech clubs after school, and hosting career fairs.
You can share the guide with students or families, which includes the articles Why Study STEM? and How Parents Can Foster an Interest in STEM. Parents and students need to recognize that studying technology and engineering beyond a student's typical science and math classes is extremely valuable. STEM education teaches problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and logic. These 21st century skills are transferable and applicable to any course of study and any career path down the line.
Today's teens can use their STEM education like never before. From creative careers in video game design to becoming a baseball statistician like the Red Sox’ Bill James, a career in STEM can be anything but monotonous. STEM-related careers can also have positive social effects on the community—such as environmental conservation efforts, energy efficiency, and cancer research.
In the 2013 TeenLife Guide to STEM Programs, you will find:
- A comprehensive list of STEM colleges, STEM summer programs, and many organizations like STEMconnector®, that promote increased STEM education and teen involvement.
- A list of the Top-Paying Majors for 2012-2013 Bachelor's Degree Graduates. Petroleum engineering tops the chart with an average entry-level salary of $93,500!
- An interesting chart highlighting Where the STEM Jobs Will Be By State in 2018 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Two Student Profiles for teens to relate. They highlight how their experiences in robotics and game-design STEM programs have opened their eyes to possible STEM careers down the line.
I encourage you to share our digital 2013 TeenLife Guide to STEM Programs with your school community. It's easy to copy the link, TeenLife.com/STEM, into your school's newsletter, as well as to email it to other teachers, parents, and students.
TeenLife Media is a comprehensive source of programs and services for college-bound students in grades 7-12. TeenLife provides over 2,500 overnight and local summer programs, gap year programs, and community service opportunities accessible in the Enrichment Program section of Naviance.
To activate the TeenLife enrichment program database in Naviance, click this Naviance Network Help Article.