The U.S. Department of Education has identified that, in an increasingly complex world, today’s students will be driven less by what they know and more by what they can do with what they know. This has lead to an initiative known as STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—education that equips our future generations with the knowledge and skills it takes to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make the greatest use of that information.
Not surprisingly, this initiative has fueled a new way of thinking for educators as well, who are tasked with rethinking how the youth of today are learning, and to get them interested and motivated in moving into STEM sectors as they look for career paths.
TechArk has been a community supporter of education since our start, especially when it comes to the use of technology. That’s why we hire high school seniors to intern with us over the summer, and why we have been recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for acting as a mentor to Advanced Technology (ATC) students in Virginia Beach Public Schools.
It’s also why we’re joining the Southside Coalition Education Committee which supports the new Southside STEM Academy at Campostella, St. Helena’s Elementary School and the Early Childhood Center. We will be donating an engraved brick to help to fund the STEM initiatives.
In addition, we’ll be welcoming kids at St. Helena’s Elementary School on September 20th to pique their interest in STEM subject matter that will hopefully help them gain an interest in technology.
STEM education is very exciting for us. We look forward to watching as it develops and in playing any role we can to provide students with the opportunities and challenges they need to meet the future head on.