The Value of STEM in Middle School

Imagine developing code for a website or prototyping a new machine– at age twelve. Traditionally, education and training for careers in STEM has focused on high school and college students. As the STEM industry grows, researchers predict 3.5 million jobopeningsin STEM-related fields by 2025. To meet this demand,research shows STEM career training should start much earlier, ideally in middle school. 

STEM education offers immense value to today’s middle school students including hands-on learning experiences, early career exploration opportunities and equal access to explore their passions and interests. In this blog we will discuss the value STEM education offers middle school students and how iCEV makes establishing an effective STEM program approachable for middle schools.     

Hands-on Experiences 

Engaging middle school students in hands-on learning plays an integral role in ensuring they begin developing the necessary knowledge and skills to join the workforce after their academic career. Implementing STEM curriculum in middle school classroom serves as a catalyst for hands-on learning as STEM challenges students to engage in projects, conduct experiments, problem solve, and interact with tools, materials and concepts used in STEM related careers.  

Preparing today’s middle school students to become the next generation of innovators and inventors begins with STEM programs providing opportunities to take traditional learning and pivot to prioritize the hands-on experience and real-world application.

Equal Access  

Making STEM education accessible to middle school students offers immense value because it allows students to explore a diverse range of subjects and skills to explore their passions and interests. To promote equal access, iCEV recently launched the brand-new STEM site. The new site is designed to make STEM programs approachable, regardless of funding, space, or teacher experience. 

Whether used in a traditional classroom, extracurricular activity or at a summer camp, STEM is designed to expose students to real-world experiences and challenge their problem-solving skills. As a comprehensive STEM curriculum, iCEV’s STEM curriculum adapts to any environment, budget and includes modifications, accommodations, and adaptations for special populations students.  

Career Exploration  

Merging science, technology, engineering and mathematics, middle school students who experience STEM education are primed to become the next generation of innovators. Career opportunities in STEM-related industries are endless as the demand for research, development and innovation increases across all industries. When middle school students participate in a STEM program, they are introduced to subjects including engineering, computer technology and robotics while connecting them to the careers associated with these subjects.  

Through hands-on learning STEM allows students to learn industry concepts and practices gaining valuable perspective of how their classroom experiences support their future career. Career exploration in STEM offers limitless value to today’s middle school students in that as students learn they discover careers opportunities.      

 

As the STEM industry continues to grow and change, offering educational opportunities to develop the next generation of innovators is paramount. STEM education offers immense value to today’s middle school students including hands-on learning experiences, early career exploration opportunities and equal access to explore their passions and interests. To learn more visit iCEV’s new STEM site and keep an eye on our social media platforms for more STEM updates and resources.  

About the Author   

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After serving as a Texas FFA state officer in 2018, Josh Witherspoon joined the iCEV team as a part-time employee for 3 years before taking on the role of content development specialist in 2022. Witherspoon holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University, in which his experience and proficiency in writing, marketing and CTE allow him to effectively communicate the successes of CTE educators and students and the value iCEV has to offer. 

 

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