With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the world is expected to reach full digitization. The velocity, breadth, and scope of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to transform the ways in which human beings live, work, and communicate with each other. Preparing students to participate as fully engaged and educated citizens in a world dominated by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and technologies associated with the incoming Revolution is an oft-discussed priority of the 21st century.
On the surface, STEM education and its delivery appear to be designed solely to ensure that students are able to develop the technical and scientific skills necessary to compete in the 21st century workforce. However, STEM education provides more than that. It is misleading to believe that STEM education stops at the point of acquiring specified bodies of knowledge. STEM education also helps students develop the transferable skills they need to contend with the coming digital changes and disruptions. The flexibility of these skills will provide students with the ability to adapt to a constantly changing workforce where new types of jobs replace outdated ones. These transferable skills will be key to helping students manage transitions in and out of different fields as new demands in the market occur.
The array of transferable skills developed from studying in STEM fields are applicable to any working environment. These skills include the following: teamwork, willingness to learn, problem -solving, creativity, inquiry skills, critical thinking, collaboration, math and science skills, and engineering design thinking.
Employers cite well-rounded capabilities in individuals, such as empathy, responsiveness, and working across diverse teams as integral to working competently. Employers consider transferable soft skills to be more difficult to teach. STEM education provides the opportunity to develop those skills that are valuable to professional and personal development. The following are also skills that industry leaders highlight as important: analytical thinking, active learning, critical thinking, originality, initiative, leadership, resilience, reasoning, and agility.
How the Fourth Industrial Revolution will unfold is unpredictable. But the skills developed out of a STEM education will equip students with the transferable skills they need to succeed in their chosen fields, and to competently transition into their new career paths.
Our latest upcoming STEM program will offer children the ability to learn coding along with many other key subjects related to STEM.
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