Lee County 4-H Offers Summer Science Camps
If you haven’t noticed, our world is changing pretty fast…Modern jobs, as well as those of the future are going to those that can think critically, analyze and communicate. Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are in high demand, but recent research shows the United States may be lagging behind with many employers unable to find highly skilled workers that can thrive in today’s competitive workplace.
Recent research found at “STEM Advantage”, show that students in the United States rank 17th in science and 25th in math across the world. Only a third of bachelor’s degrees earned in the U.S. are in a science related field compared to 53% in China and 63% in Japan. Fewer than half the students entering college intending to study a STEM-related field actually complete their degree in a program related to science, technology, engineering, or math, with the majority switching majors to a non-STEM field within their first two years.
A story from US News and World Report (October 11, 2011), with data coming from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, acknowledged that demand and pay for STEM skills are skyrocketing. This study reveals that STEM workers with associate degrees will earn 63 percent more than those in other fields, even those with four-year degrees. Over half of those in STEM fields with a bachelor’s degree will earn more than those with PhD’s in non-STEM related fields. The bottom line is STEM jobs are here to stay, and the demand for skilled workers in these fields will likely continue to grow. Also according to this report, those with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major will make roughly $500,000 more over their working lifetimes than non-STEM majors, and salaries in STEM-related jobs are in the top three as far as occupational salary growth.
Considering the critical importance and lucrative opportunities possible through science, technology, engineering, and math experiences for our young people; Lee County 4-H is excited to present our Summer STEAM programming. You may have noticed that I added an “A” to the previous acronym, which represents the valuable inclusion of “Arts” into the other exciting offerings of our standard STEM summer curriculum. Running June through August, Lee County 4-H will offer a host of hands-on, interactive day camps in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) that include: Foods/Nutrition/Farm to Kitchen/Food Safety, Vocations in Science, Cloverbud Camp (5-8 year olds), Horticulture Science, Agricultural and Animal Sciences, Plant Identification, Biofuels, Quilting, and Chemistry and Physics. A schedule of classes will be available for viewing on our website beginning April 16, with online registration beginning on May 1. Hopefully your child will join us for a summer filled with science and fun!
Bill Stone is County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.