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.
I had a very very pleasant experience with the staff from Peers. The augmented reality really gave our students a great experience to be behind the wheel and see the effects of driving while distracted, whether it was a phone or others talking and commenting. I definitely enjoyed the experience and I know the students did as well.
I honestly didn’t know how our students would respond to this opportunity. This major issue is too important, and the offer was too good, to turn down. I actually teach a Bible class later in the school day, so I asked for feedback from students who had experienced the simulation, and I received enthusiastically positive responses. One unanticipated outcome — the 10% discount on insurance when a student participates — only sweetened the feedback. Please keep up your great work with an issue
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.
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.
I was so impressed. What you do will save the lives of many young people.
Thank you for the wonderful job Mike and his team did. The students really enjoyed the presentation. I heard many positive comments and they seemed very engaged. I also appreciate the fact that your team did a great job being on time and setting up.
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.
Our students had very positive feedback regarding your team’s efforts. It was extremely rewarding to all.
Thank you so much for coming to our school. This distracted driving program was a big hit and we heard the students talking about it long into the week. Thank you!
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.