MEC’s state-of-the-art lab design that allow them to explore, build and create
MEC’s focus when collaborating with your technoolgy projects is to encourage students to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by engaging them with exciting, new learning spaces highlighting electronics, robotcs and 3D modeling, virtual reality, mixed reality and much more.
“Studies show that the earlier you introduce STEM education, the more children become interested in those subjects,” says Kimberly Mecham, director of St. Thomas School’s Center for Leadership and Innovation. “We are seeing more of an interest from our students in creating, building and being curious about things. A lot of kids are engaged, including girls, and that’s our goal.”
MEC will help your Schools and districts to develop STEM education that provides students the skills they need to thrive in their future careers, from technical skills to critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. MEC can assis with building dedicated high-tech learning spaces to start or invigorate your STEM programs. Advanced manufacturing labs that provide hands-on learning experiences where students can design products on computers and build those products with 3D printers, laser cutters and other computer-connected equipment. At the core, we help to create student-centered, student-driven space moving away from cubicles to creating collision spaces where ideas can come to life. If that works at companies like Google and Apple, the same tools should be in your schools.
BENEFITS OF STEM EDUCATION
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores on average among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries. Here’s how STEM education can be so important to young students.
- Fosters ingenuity and creativity
- Builds resilience
- Encourages experimentation
- Encourages teamwork
- Encourages knowledge application
- Encourages tech use
- Teaches problem-solving
- Encourages adaption
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