Today’s world demands a STEM-savvy workforce, a STEM-informed political leadership and a STEM-literate citizenry. In a time when jobs are at a premium, the United States is actually experiencing a manufacturing boom. However, companies looking to fill their positions with workers who can operate, maintain and repair sophisticated, computer-driven machinery including industrial robots are finding it difficult to find qualified candidates among the pools of unemployed Americans; many of whom are unable to qualify for the training programs associated with many of these jobs.
In a world of growing economic competitiveness it is increasingly important that students graduate from high school with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a STEM-centric economy. Whether they choose a career path specific to STEM or one that is peripherally affected by STEM advances, all children will need to be STEM literate to succeed in the 21st century.
For the Parents
Out-of-School Learning Options - Programs to help Parents help Students succeed in STEM.
Scholarships & Grants - Resources to help find funding for STEM education
Afterschool Programs - Summer Camps- Competitions - Lots of ways for kids to learn after school
Other Cool STEM Web sites for Parents - A list of cool stuff to explore
Resources in Environmental Science - University of Delaware Library System: providing online magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and training for all Delaware K-12 Public Schools in Environmental Science Education.
Resources in Science - University of Delaware Library System: providing online magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and training for all Delaware K-12 Public Schools in Science Education.
Delaware Library System's STEM Guide
Visit the library for some surprising chemical and physical reactions that will launch their imagination! You and your child will see the power of gases launch a rocket & inflate a balloon. Try our stomp rockets, then make and take a rocket launcher and a ping-pong ball launcher powered by the elasticity of rubber. Take aim at our landing pad with a rocket powered by you & use your imagination to turn a book into a spacecraft. Which book would you take on your voyage into space? This public library link provides connections to all things STEM. Check it out!!!
Delaware State PTA - The Delaware Congress of Parents and Teachers, also known as the Delaware State PTA, is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of Delaware’s children. With more than 7000 members, the Delaware State PTA is Delaware’s largest and oldest child advocacy organization.