National STEM/STEAM Day is an annual celebration on November 8th that honors the special education system that combines science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEM/STEAM). The day is meant to support students and teachers who are studying and teaching STEM/STEAM subjects, and to encourage teachers to find new ways of teaching.
In the 2000s, studies showed that children in America were not doing well in the disciplines that would eventually combine to create the STEM/STEAM system. This posed a threat to the future of the country, as its economy relies on innovation, which in turn relies on a knowledgeable and motivated workforce. As a result, the STEM/STEAM program was created and implemented, though it was not initially effective due to the lack of knowledge, skills, and experience of the teachers.
- In the 21st century, STEM/STEAM jobs have outnumbered non-STEM jobs by three times.
- Automation is changing the labor market, and many professions are disappearing due to no longer being necessary. This emphasizes the importance of promoting and mastering STEM/STEAM subjects.
- Education under this program is fun – not boring – and students retain the lessons and studied material, significantly increasing effectiveness.
- Investing in science, technology, art, engineering, and mathematics will strengthen the country and make its future prospects brighter.
How to take part
Research what your hobbies have to do with STEM/STEAM, for example computer games, manual labor, photography, or astronomy. Grow in this direction by finding a community that shares your interests, attending free online courses (many universities, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offer these), or donating any STEM/STEAM items you may have at home to your local school.
When is National STEM/STEAM Day celebrated in 2023?
National STEM/STEAM Day is observed on November 8 each year.