February 11, 2019 Lauren Uhl

Innovation Through Education: How Schools Around The Globe Are Preparing Students For The Ever-Changing Workforce

As the world of technology continues to change, the necessity for an ever-evolving set of tools to face it has become increasingly prominent. The next generation of students bare the weight of the unknown future of the advanced world and its workforce on their shoulders.

Statistics from the AZ Girls in STEM initiative used to encourage more girls to pursue STEM related fields of study

With these changes, schools across the globe are taking steps to help prepare students for their future by weaving innovation and adaptivity. At Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, students are required to take classes in Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (T.I.E.), as well as are encouraged to further pursue these areas through classes like engineering, digital marketing, mobile app development, game design, and more. However, efforts to teach students about the world they are going to live in reaches far further then the Farmington bubble. The growth of these programs can be seen across the world. In Europe, for example, the European Schoolnet’s STEM Alliance recognizes STEM literacy as critical to keep the world turning and provides training materials for teachers and helps implement strategic initiatives into schools. The STEM Alliance also focuses on topics like digital citizenship and evidence for innovation. Regardless of geographic location, the growth of innovation based programs in schools is undeniably noticeable.

“Hackathon” competitions have been popping up around the country and encourage students to become design thinkers and focus on real-world problem solving

The efforts of schools to not only stay up to date but to pave the future of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship has not gone unnoticed. Because of these efforts, we can see increases in popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) across teenagers (and a noticeable increase among women, who’s interest in these subjects has been historically disproportionate to men), as well as increased popularity of events like Hackathons and other STEM related conferences.

As our world and workforce continues to grow and change, it is critical that we continue to prepare students around the world for the future of technology and the world they will live in.

 

Sources:

http://www.eun.org/focus-areas/stem

https://blog.bankex.org/first-participate-then-organize-bankex-proof-of-skill-hackathon-361d46504d82

http://www.leadered.com/pdf/preparing%20Students%20for%20Tech%20Future%20white%20paper.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon

http://stemgirls.sfaz.org/?tag=women-girls-stem-statistics

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