Monday, April 27, 2015

The three R’s now spell STEM

It used to be that reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic were the fundamentals of a good education. Now the general consensus is that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is the key to success. And boy is it everywhere! Not only are our children exposed to programs at school, they can even attend STEM clubs and camps. For example, some of our awesome BioTek engineers volunteered their time at the 2014-2015 FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge held at the University of Vermont on Pi day (3.14.15). Over 300,000 children competed worldwide for scholarships in this STEM-based competition!


CNN host and writer Fareed Zakaria wrote a recent opinion piece titled "Why America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous". Them's fightin' words Mr. Zakaria! Especially since I’ve been thinking a lot about college lately, for my child that is. And as you may guess, I am one of those parents trying to steer their child towards a STEM major. It’s what I know and mom always knows best, right?

Mr. Zakaria's article got me wondering whether it has to be a left-brain/right-brain world and if you’re a problem-solver, couldn't you be artistic as well? I wouldn't choose the same words as Mr. Zakaria but I understand what he’s trying to say, that a focus on STEM doesn’t guarantee success but rather, one needs the ability to think intelligently and creatively. After all, this is what fosters entrepreneurship and innovation.

By: BioTek Instruments, Ellaine Abueg Ph.D., Product Manager, Specialist

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