STEM as a Base Class - Marshall School

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STEM

as a

Base Class

Chris Jones

1/4/2013

The Preamble: STEM is awesome!


By 2018, current government projections show that more than
800,000 high
-
end computing jobs will be created in the economy,
making it one of the fastest growing occupational fields.


Five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in computing
-
related
fields ( i.e., computer software engineer jobs expected to grow 45%
over the next five to seven years).


Computer science and computer engineering bachelor degrees are in
high demand and command two of the top three average salary offers
from employers among all majors
. [1]

STEM jobs are still prone to bubbles


The Tale of the Lawyer Geologist


During the 1980s a glut in mineral commodities
combined with an oversupply of mining engineers and
economic geologists drove hiring down to very low
levels. Since that time, mining companies have largely
lived off of that 1970s to 1980s generation of
employees.

” [2]

Any one STEM job isn’t a safe career


According to the BLS, today there are approximately
10 times more computer software engineers than
computer hardware engineers [3]

Base classes in programming…

…STEM as a programming base class…

High School STEM
student

College CS Major

College
Chem

Major

College Bio Major

Pre
-
med student

Computer
Programmer

Research Chemist

Medical Researcher

Medical Doctor

????

Project Manager

Bioinformatics
Software Engineer

????

????

“We don’t know what kind of jobs you’ll be doing
in the future.”


-
Don Morton, Site Leader, MS Great Plans

…base classes in RPGs


…and base classes in RPGs

[4]

…base classes in RPGs


…and base classes in RPGs


RPG classes demand to be explored



RPG classes are messy, organic



RPG classes allow for customization by taste or
demand

Takeaways


“STEM learning is more about process than product”


STEM is a starting point for a great career, but no one STEM
job is safe


Real life STEM career demands are unknown, organic,
demand exploration


Important for educators to realize that as context for
providing STEM education


Important for students to realize that as context for their
careers, and (hopefully) a motivating force driving lifelong
learning

Thanks for listening!

References

1.
http://
tealsk12.org/TEALS2012.pdf

2.
http://
www.ees.nmt.edu/outside/prospective/careers.html

3.
http://
www.bls.gov/k12/computers03.htm
,
http://
www.bls.gov/k12/computers04.htm

4.
http://xkcd.com/189
/

5.
Background
images:

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