Campbell, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
Twenty-first century technology is abundant across the United States how is it impacting the future job landscape? According to a recent U.S. News STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Leadership Summit, 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled by 2018. These attractive positions command higher salaries and offer lower unemployment rates than most other careers.
But how can educators successfully teach these subjects in schools so students are better equipped to attain such lucrative occupations? An unexpected answer video games.
Popular titles like Minecraft and Portal 2 engage students with entertaining activities, but also provide latent learning lessons. Teachers who are integrating them into the classroom are preparing students with skills future STEM jobs require. The problem? Not all schools have or are able to incorporate technology into their curriculum. Why? Budget cuts, lack of teacher training, and pressure to teach to the test are all factors limiting the creative implementation of STEM subjects in the classroom.
The good news? There are additional STEM learning outlets.
iD Tech Camps, a summer program where ages 7-18 are immersed in hands-on learning to produce relevant tech projects, is currently meeting the need for STEM skill-building. During the summer programs held nationally at top universities, students create video games, develop iPhone