Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is receiving a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. STEM education helps students understand the world around them, from the natural world of plants and animals, to computers and tablets, to balancing checkbooks and beyond. What’s more, many of today’s controversies and political decisions are informed by science, and students will need to understand this information to perform their duties as citizens in a democratic society. STEM jobs are also one of the fastest growing job sectors, and demand is expected to keep going up. But how do we get kids excited about STEM education and interested in pursuing these kinds of jobs?
It may be a lot easier than you think. Robotics programs are hugely popular at schools across the country, and students get genuinely excited about the opportunity to learn and experiment with machines. If you’re looking for ways to get kids hooked on STEM, starting a robotics program could be the ticket. Here are some basic steps to think about and follow to get a robotics program started at your school.