Will we resolve the mystery around life on Mars or make contact with life in outer space? Will we need to engineer the exploration of the Earth’s core and find antidotes to bacteria and diseases that have yet to be discovered?
What is the kind of education we need to provide the next generation of informed citizens and scientists? What problems will the next generation need to solve? What kind of knowledgebase will they need to have acquired? As an educator, employer, entrepreneur and/or parent, what would you like students to know or skills they should have? What should the schools and education systems of tomorrow look like? What additional skills do students engaged in STEM/STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math) need to have? How can we incorporate all these strands into the education system that exists currently? How can technology help?
Many speak of additional learning at younger ages. The Next Generation Science Standards and the MA Science Standards have defined what children all the way from PreK to High School need to learn. Concepts previously taught at higher levels are being taught to younger children. What else do we need to incorporate? The software industry needs a robust pipeline of labor that knows how to code and is pushing for it all the way down to elementary school to ensure that the next generation is interested and has these skills. We seem to have left cursive writing skills behind, substituted for by keyboarding or thumb skills. What else do we need to leave behind? Do we need to change the way we teach students or evaluate student learning or achievement? Do we now need to figure out how to evaluate collaborative learning or problem solving? Some years ago the buzz was all about hands-on learning. Now AP Computer Science courses are offered in high schools. Are we signing up for more screen time? Middle and High schools have robotics labs and elementary school teams participate in robotics competitions.
Where do we go from here? How does the current education system need to change? What is the best way to spread this learning worldwide so that it reaches hitherto underserved populations?
Entrepreneurship and jobs in STEM/STREAM fields have the potential to be plentiful and well paying. How do we attract the best minds and talent including girls to these fields?
To get perspective and to help get context we have assembled a panel of innovators and subject matter experts in the field of STEM/STREAM education from the US and India ranging from early childhood science education all the way to graduate level STEM/STREAM education. Join the conversation at the Innovating, Educating and Training the Next Generation of STEM Professionals panel discussion on August 13 from 2:45 pm-3:45 pm, and be prepared to expand your mind!