White House Science Fair. In his address, President Obama, emphasizes the importance of STEM education in America. He talks about the fact that when he was growing up his science fair projects did not look anything like the ones that he saw at this event. Students today are designing and creating projects that are much more complicated and meaningful to society than ever before.
Information, resources, and technology are more readily available than they were when many of us were growing up. In addition, children see things differently than we did when we were their age. Children interact and play together differently than we did. The neighborhood play of yesterday has gone global with social media. Kids are playing with kids from other countries rather than the kid next door or down the road.
I am happy to say that the boys and girls who attend North Springs Elementary School are exposed to 21st Century Learning and participate in activities, events, and field studies that will prepare them for the future. Whether you are part of the STEMS program at NSE or not, being at our school and interacting with staff, students, parents, and community members who are committed to such an education is beneficial.
Creativity, communication, collaboration, and 21st century skills are at the forefront of public education today. Reading, wRiting, and aRithmatic are still important. They just look a little different. While memorization and regurgitation were important back in the day, application and collaboration are more important today.