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Producing 21st Century Learners: The Top 5 Benefits of a STEM Education

If you’re looking for the best school for your child, you’ve likely heard the term “STEM” a time or two. This small acronym  — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics — affects our world in a big way. Just think about it: these four fields of study touch virtually every aspect of our lives. They are the proverbial keys to the future, allowing us to solve complex problems and develop groundbreaking innovation that will positively impact future generations. Here’s why you should be looking for a school with a strong focus on STEM.
 
Challenging and Exciting Curriculum: STEM education means more than offering the individual subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is an integration of these subjects in every area of learning, promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills. Highlands students explore STEM concepts through hands-on activities from prekindergarten through grade eight. They are challenged to think outside the box — to be innovators who envision and create a better world.
 
  1. Higher Education Readiness: In today’s educational landscape, strong backgrounds in STEM are required. It has never been more important for students to learn with the tools of their generation. In addition to using computers and tablets in the classroom, Highlands students regularly visit two state-of-the-art STEM labs designed by PITSCO. These resources and technologies make technical study relevant and fun. As a result, students are prepared for the rigors of higher education and the rigorous math and science portions of college entrance exams such as the ACT or SAT.

  1. Booming Career Fields: STEM careers are the vital for America’s economic future. The United States Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, our country will have 1.2 million unfilled jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math related fields. STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. Not to mention, they are some of the most exciting careers around, allowing workers to be a part of something that changes the world.

  1. High-Earning Jobs: Students who go on to receive a STEM-related degree in college not only find jobs easily — they can earn a considerably high salary right out of the college gate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs pay wages close to double the U.S. average. Over the course of a STEM career, there is opportunity for strong and continual salary growth.

  1. World Changing Work: Of course, STEM careers are not all about the money. If your student finds a future in science, technology, engineering, or math, there is a good chance their job will be rewarding in many ways. Most of these careers are helping professions where people find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues. Whether building a bridge, preserving the environment, searching for a cure, or developing an app, STEM moves society forward.

Learn More about STEM at Highlands School
As educators, we are required to help students develop the interest and inspiration to pursue futures in STEM. Highlands Schools not only provides the tools and training, we mentor students as they consider the possibilities for their futures. We plant the seeds that grow into exciting futures. To learn more about the STEM program at Highlands, call us at (205) 956-9731 to schedule a tour.
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Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.