Education Unbound was honored with the presence of Mayor Fuller, keynote speaker at the Take Off! event, October 8th, at the Eisemann Center, Richardson.
If you missed his speech, here's what he said:
On behalf of our City Council and the entire community, it is my honor and privilege to be here at the launch event for Education Unbound.
The U.S. Department of Education reports that the number of STEAM jobs in the United States will grow by 14% from 2010 to 2020. That growth is much faster than the national average of 5-8% across all job sectors.
Computer programming and IT jobs top the list of the hardest to fill jobs. This is according to a recent study done by Mckinsey. Despite this, most popular college majors are not STEAM related.
How are we able to get kids involved in STEM? By teaching STEAM, of course.
The inclusion of the arts component makes it more fun to learn, and makes it more approachable to kids. Not only this, but when you teach art, you are putting the focus on creativity. This not only engages students but molds them into better thinkers. They will approach the areas of STEAM with a unique perspective, finding solutions and providing ideas that others may not have initially seen.
In the end, Mayor Fuller says it all. STEAM is the future. To educate our kids for the future is to do them a great service. Let's work together to build a better world for our children, by giving them the tools to build it themselves.