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NASA makes STEM cool via video

December 8, 2009
at 5:33 pm PST

In our country there are very few things held in such high regard as a child’s education. This is why America spends billions of dollars annually to educate its children and why parents scramble to procure educational products and relocate to areas with the finest schools.

The fact is, education is more than just opening a child’s mind to the world around them, it’s a prerequisite for success. An education does more than just fill the mind with knowledge, it imparts the skills and abilities needed to compete in the global business environment and job market.

Today’s high-growth industries, such as network security and biopharmaceuticals, require employees with a vast knowledge and understanding of what education professionals today are calling STEM subjects. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, which are all subjects that American children seem to be falling behind in.

With other nations fast eroding the edge that America held for years in science and technology, the need to refocus on STEM subjects and make them “cool” and exciting again is greater than ever. It’s in this area that video teleconferencing (VTC) can help.

Hands-on learning and the ability to see the things in action remains the most effective and efficient way to ensure that the message is retained. VTC gives teachers the ability to show students how the lessons they are learning in the classroom relate and apply to real life.

Some phenomenal examples of VTC bringing STEM subjects to life in the classroom are the programs being made available by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA’s VTC and Webinar programs bring real life experts and scientists into the classroom and help to illustrate the way subjects like algebra are essential in America’s space program.

By witnessing science, technology, engineering and math in action, students see the real world applications of the very subjects they’re studying. What better way to demonstrate just how directly related their coursework is to their career aspirations. This also helps to keep students focused and active in their own educations, and makes some of those boring subjects just a little more exciting.

After all…nothing makes rocket science more exciting than cool explosions. Now that’s a new way of teaching.

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