Technical, Technology, STEM Education, December 5, 2017

 

 

 
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  • IBM, AMAZON, MICROSOFT Now Have Apprenticeship Programs
  • STEM Education Is About Hands On Experiences
  • Engineering Practices for Effective STEM Learning
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IBM, AMAZON, MICROSOFT

Now Have Apprenticeship Programs

IBM now has several hundred open jobs in the U.S. for people early in their IT careers - a number expected to grow over time - and is tackling the vacancies with its new apprenticeship program, vice president for talent Joanna Daly said. "Its not just IBM," Daly said.

"When you look at nationally, there's a half-million open technology jobs in this country and we're only producing 50,000 computer science graduates each year. So for the industry, we have a technology skills gap."

IBM has long had apprenticeships at its operations in Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia, 

 

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STEM Education Is About Hands On Experiences

The process of inquiry, reasoning and collaboration required in STEM learning are similar to any experiential activity; learning activities must be hands-on experiences. STEM classes also demand rigor and relevance in a curriculum, and the students who take these classes must learn to think critically as they use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve real world problems through direct learning experiences.

Reading does not provide the kind of authentic experiences that students need. Students aren't likely to be motivated by reading content alone, and as a result, their overall academic performance will likely suffer.

 

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Engineering Practices for Effective STEM Learning

"What if schools could offer a different approach to STEM education that provided students with truly immersive learning opportunities?" That question came to Ethan Berman, founder of i2 Learning, after the experience of his nine-year old daughter, who liked school but loved solving problems and making things with her own hands, especially, as she put it, "if it was something useful."

That is what inspired Berman to found Boston STEM Week, which just concluded its second successful year by replacing the usual curriculum with projects aimed at building lunar colonies, creating interactive monsters, designing digital games, and practicing surgical techniques.

 

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