Why Celebrate STEM on National STEM/STEAM Day?
Today is National STEM/STEAM Day here in the United States. This is a day meant to encourage and inspire kids to explore their interests and passions in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Why is this celebration of STEM so important?
- Occupations in STEM related fields are expected to grow a whopping 70% faster than other occupations. As technology advances and jobs progressively become automated, STEM skills will become increasingly vital in the workplace and those people who possess STEM skills and knowledge will become increasingly valuable to employers.
- Many kids have a natural interest in all things STEM—after all, God’s creation is fascinating and learning how it works is an exciting process—but if they aren’t encouraged in this direction or given resources and challenged to continue learning and studying, many will lose interest and drift into something else. National STEM/STEAM Day reminds us to encourage young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by building off kids’ natural curiosity and love of discovery.
- Our world is full of challenges. How should we provide energy to a growing population? How do we feed and provide clean water for 7 billion—and growing!—people? Is there a cure for cancer and other diseases that ail us? How can we keep our oceans clean and free from human-created debris? All of these questions (and so many more) will find their solutions in STEM innovation and research. As new challenges arise, humans innovate and discover new ways to solve these problems using our God-given intellect and, often, by looking at his creation. But we need young people with a passion for STEM (and a passion for the Creator!) to adequately solve these problems.
We love STEM here at Camp Infinity—it’s what we do at our camps! We want to equip and encourage the next generation to discover and innovate but not just so they will get a good job or even help the economy or country move forward but so that they will bring God glory through studying what he has made and the laws he has put in place. Doing STEM for God’s glory makes all the difference!
If you have an academically-minded, driven young person, I encourage you to consider Camp Infinity. Ci 5.0, our summer camp for 2018, is open for registration with special early bird discounts and limited time scholarship opportunities. Learn more and apply at CampInfinity.com/camps.