How can we inspire the next generation of STEM workers and create a more inclusive workforce?
When it comes to education, U.S. students are:
- 27th in Math
- 20th in Science
According to the Pew Research Center.
When it comes to growth, U.S. STEM jobs will:
- Create 650,000 new jobs by 2018
- Increase 17% between 2014 and 2024
All of this makes the next generation of STEM workers vital to our economy.
When it comes to diversity, the STEM workforce is:
- 75% Male
- 70% White
This highlights a lack of diversity in this crucial sector.
To bring about diversity and social change in STEM education and technology by creating exposure to STEM, providing engagement in STEM, and inspiring young individuals to explore STEM studies.
CREATE: Music consists of four highly interactive, educational labs where students learn about the relationship between STEM and music. This innovative, interactive technique allows all students to be engaged in a unique way.
In the design lab, students explore how design constraints shape and form music. From song and scale structure to instrument timbre and volume, design shapes our musical experiences. Students also design and customize their own musical instruments to be fabricated on-site.
In the prototype lab, students learn about various manufacturing techniques and their applications. The models customized by the students from the design lab are then printed on-site by our 3D printers. At the end of the day, each student gets to go home with a custom musical instrument!
The engineering lab presents students with a hands-on electrical engineering experience. Students snap magnetic modules together to create their own electronic synthesizers as they learn about scales, waves, and mathematical modeling techniques.
The code lab gives students an interactive playground to explore musical concepts like song structures, scales, and chords while learning to code in a visual programming language. Expert instruction and plenty of free coding time allow students to explore their interests in coding.
The activity was certainly an eye opener for our students. While there is no substitute for actual experience and learning, the augmented reality program takes things to a whole new level. Our students came out buzzing.
I was so impressed. What you do will save the lives of many young people.
Our kids were highly engaged and the information was well received. I appreciated it so much and hope we can have another outing next school year!
Thank you for graciously providing our students with a driving simulation they will never forget. I’d especially like to commend your staff members, Cindy and Mike for demonstrating professionalism, friendliness and patience. Your generous offering of time, equipment and personnel will certainly assist our students int their lives out of school.
I just wanted to share how much fun our students had with the texting and driving simulator event. The presenters were knowledgeable, engaging and very talented in their presentation to the students.
The children we really engaged and enjoyed all of the reactions they experienced while driving the vehicle. The students were able to learn it wasn’t as easy to text and drive as they thought, along with the dangers and consequences texting causes.
Thank you so much for having PEERS Foundation come work with our students at Laurens District 55 High School. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we know our students learned so much from the opportunity.
The students took the experience seriously. While in the simulator, they tried their hardest to avoid obstacles and saw firsthand the effects of distractions. They also enjoyed watching their fellow students spectacularly mess up.
We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both our students and teachers about both the presentation and the experience with your team. Our kid shad a great time, all while being educated.
It was a great success! We are hopeful that it will make a huge difference in distracted driving among the students who experienced the simulator, but also the kids that they tell about it.