What is STEM and Why is it Important?
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects are increasingly playing an important role in the growth of the Canadian economy. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) forecasts the largest growth in Canada’s 10-year employment outlook will occur in STEM-related fields such as health care and computer programming. 70% of the top jobs in Canada require a background in STEM. Despite the mounting evidence of the importance of developing students’ STEM capabilities, studies show students are becoming less interested in these subjects once they hit high school. Less than 50% of Canadian students complete non-compulsory grade 11 and 12 math and science courses.
Providing young children with hands-on opportunities to explore STEM concepts helps them foster a passion for these subjects. Participating in STEM programs outside of school demonstrates the real-world applications of STEM concepts.
Junior STEM Club taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to exploring STEM subjects through projects featuring robotics, engineering, computer coding and simple science experiments. Whether your child aspires to wear a lab coat or not, Junior STEM Club kids will learn to think critically, use their imagination and solve problems; skills that are essential for any career choice.
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