In a high-tech, green economy, there are two main components: financial investment and a skilled workforce. Focusing on one component more than the other can lead to unstable economic growth, so it is important for both to grow at the same time. Often times, when companies invest in creating high-tech jobs, there are not enough locally qualified workers to fill them. A key factor of developing the highly skilled workforce needed to fill these green jobs is to provide education rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This type of education is accelerated by integrating advanced technologies into instruction as well as training teachers how to use these technologies to provide students with quality, industry-grade skills.
Now that high tech hardware has become exponentially compact, electronic devices and gadgets are nearly all but replaced with phone apps. Decades of modern technology that weighed hundreds of pounds can now be placed in your pocket, weighing only ounces. Entire chains of video rental, music, and book stores are instantly available ...read more
Coding is a very versatile talent to have in the STEM Workforce. If you think about it, coding is all around you. It’s in computer chips, televisions, robots, vehicle software, and even in multi-mode flashlights. Coding is a very powerful tool that can be used everywhere these days, and depending on how you are taught, it may not be as hard ...read more
In the fast-paced world of data collection, human workers are inefficient at processing the huge volumes of what many consider to be useless and irrelevant information. This type of work requires the mental processing of a computer. Artificial intelligence (AI) programs have been added to the modern workforce helping humans to ...read more
There was a time when making a grocery list before you went to the store was a typical way of shopping. Then, cell phones and texting became widespread and people could actually go to the store without a list and make or receive a call from someone at home to see what items they should purchase. That all changed with the advancement of what many ...read more
3D printing skills integrated into lithium-ion battery and hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicles.
According to Presidential Executive Order 13801, Expanding Apprenticeships in America, there are 350,000 manufacturing jobs that are unfilled in America due to a lack of skilled workers. The Executive Order also recognized that many colleges and universities are failing to adequately prepare students to secure high-paying jobs, making it difficult for them to pay for “crushing” student debt acquired through the ...read more
Amber Bosket at State Renewable Energy explains 3D printing, computer science, and student performance to Columbian delegation.
A week ago, a delegation of education experts from the country of Columbia visited the office of Amber Bosket, Executive Director of State Renewable Energy, to learn more about the Green STEM Education initiatives she has developed. Amber, a renewable energy and STEM education specialist, showcased some of the award-winning ...read more
STEM is a term that is used often in education and stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But what exactly is STEM? Well, let’s put it this way. If STEM were a product sold at a store, America would not have enough of it to meet the current and future demands of its customers. The customers for this product are the businesses that need it to succeed in the 21st century ...read more