The Importance of STEM

May 28, 2018 | Kanata

 

What is STEM?

It is simply an acronym for Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics.

Why is STEM important?

New data show that graduates from STEM fields not only earn more than Business, Humanities, Health, Arts, Social science and Education (BHASE) graduates, but are also more likely to find employment closely related to their fields upon graduation in Canada.  Parents and families have a very important role to play, since they are the influencers of the student’s perception of what is possible for their future. While there are many disciplines of study in the STEM fields – they are all formed on a strong foundation of Math, and Mathnasium is the "M" in STEM!

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Are there any benefits to having strong STEM skills?

Many! You can read about them here or here. But let's take a look at the graph below: Statistics show male graduates between the ages of 25 and 34 with a bachelor’s level degree in a STEM field have higher earnings on average than those who have completed a degree in a BHASE field. In 2015, the average earnings of a STEM graduate were $75,443 annually, while a BHASE graduate was $58,488.

Does Mathnasium have any STEM programs besides Math?

No, we specialize in Math. While technology, coding, robotics, and engineering sound fun and exciting (and they are), they all have one thing in common – they are all formed on a strong foundation of Math. Students with a strong grasp of Math perform and advance more quickly than students with weaker Math skills. Whether your child is advanced in Math, at grade level, or behind, we are going to design a learning plan that allows them to excel! Trying to be great in a STEM field without strong Math skills is like having a great looking powerboat without an engine – you’re just not going to maximize your potential.

 

If kids enjoy going to Mathnasium, the program must not be for advanced students. Aren’t high level Math learning centers supposed to be rigorous to push students ahead?

Just because some learning centers drill and kill to the point that kids hate them and Math, it doesn’t mean that it’s an effective way for students to learn. Handing a student a “grade level” workbook and leaving them to be self guided without proper coaching is also a terrible way for students to become advanced in Math. Mathnasium takes a more surgical approach by administering a Math skills assessment to find out what the child already knows and making that the baseline. Next we develop a Learning Plan that is specific to each student so that each visit is to work on skills with a “personal trainer”. Our Instructors are great at Math and trained to teach it in a way that may be different for each student.

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What are some STEM University Majors?

STEM graduates work in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Life Sciences
  • Accounting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Aerospace
  • Robotics
  • Astrophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Risk Valuation
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • industrial Engineering
  • Neurobiology
  • Optics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomechanics

And many more...

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