Message from the TECC President: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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"Science is for nerds!" "Math is boring!" "Technology classes are a waste of time!"

These words can be heard uttered from the mouths of some secondary students. What these students fail to comprehend is that science, technology, engineering, and math can be their friends.

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Some of the assumptions held by students could very easily be erased by the click of a mouse. STEM is more than just math equations, lab reports, and spreadsheets. It is about exploring subjects that can lead to exciting careers, making these same students better equipped and, yes, smarter individuals.

As many of our readers are aware, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and usually refers to education in one or more of those disciplines. There has been an alarming concern during the past decade over the decline in STEM education--hence the concerted push to bring STEM to the forefront in education.

In this 21st century and the new global economy, an education with a STEM focus is a vital step towards providing citizens with the necessary technological literacy that will enable them to take part in the exciting economies and careers of the future. …