A Welcome Letter to New STEM Students
An inspiring letter by Anne Jolly to new STEM students!
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“If I could choose any time to live, I would want to be a teenager now (in a country where great education is available). The reason I would choose to be a young person today, rather than during some earlier period in history, is that now, more than at any other time, young people will make a spectacular difference.” — James Martin, The 17 Great Challenges of the Twenty-First Century.
What do you know about the world you are going to enter when you finish school? What challenges and problems will we face? What jobs will be out there? What skills and learning will graduates need?
We don’t actually know all the answers to those questions, but one thing we do know: businesses and industry are already experiencing shortages in STEM workers – the workers who know how to tackle the tough problems facing the 21st Century. We need folks who can solve problems in areas such as energy, clean water, health and medicine, environmental issues, extreme poverty, and technology risks (to mention a few).
To prepare you for this world, we are going to be teaching some STEM lessons in our science and math classes. Here is what that’s going to look like.