Does your child want to save the world? Get them into STEM, and discover a sparkling future for them and the planet.
Published : Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 2:53 PM
We all know the headlines: Global warming threatens Earth! Pollution is choking our planet! Habitats have been destroyed and resources depleted, and we are drowning in a sea of non-biodegradable waste. Sometimes it may seem that none of us has a future at all. Thankfully, today the focus is less on “environmental problems” and increasingly more on finding sustainability solutions.
Green technology is on the rise. These scientific and technological innovations inspire hope for the sustainability of our planet, but they could also offer a stellar career opportunity for your little ones. If saving the world is what they want to do, a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) could be the real superhero training they need!
What is green technology? The term encompasses all scientific and technological innovations designed to increase sustainability and provide solutions to environmental problems. This includes generating clean energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and wave power. There is also a great expansion in green chemistry where alternative materials and processes are being found to replace more energy-intensive and polluting ones. Plant-based, biodegradable plastics are one popular example of this. Methods to clean up, reduce, and prevent pollution of land, air and water also fall into the green or cleantech category. Another major area is in sustainable and energy-efficient building design. The opportunities and needs are broad and only expanding.
Demand for people with expertise in these fields will continue to grow. California leads the nation in solar energy generation, and recent state legislation means there is a great expectation for further expansion. The potential of a career in these areas is unlimited, with scope for innovation in all fields, from oceanographers and ecologists to chemists, engineers, environmental scientists, and more. With businesses increasingly recognizing the importance of sustainability to their bottom line, and local government efforts to promote green jobs, the prospects for anyone in these fields should be excellent for a long time to come.
Science education in schools has traditionally focused on absorbing facts more than on developing the broader, interdisciplinary skills and understanding required to tackle environmental issues. By focusing on real-world problems, environmental and STEM education provides valuable enrichment opportunities, developing students’ confidence and enthusiasm, as well as practical and technical skills. These are qualities the world needs if it is to be able to address the sustainability challenges of the future.
If you have a budding scientist or engineer who would love to save the world after-school workshops at STEM World in Pasadena will set them off on the path to success. Exciting, hands-on lab activities allow students to explore scientific principles and apply them to real-world problems. They will learn about environmental issues and sustainability in a fun, positive way, empowering them to find solutions and create a healthier future for the planet. STEM World activities also develop critical-thinking skills, creativity, and teamwork–now those are real superpowers. Give your child an excellent start and show them how they can make a difference in the world. Step into a STEMtastic future at STEM World.
STEM World’s state-of-the-art lab facilities can be found at 2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Book now! For further information, visit their website, call (626) 247-4347, or drop by 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday.