Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jun 7, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Doreena introduced Dr. Curtis of the Rocky Mountain Super Computer and Infomine to talk about STEMs education.

STEMs stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education and training. STEMs is important because if you can't innovate, you can't compete in the modern global market - and everyone is competing globally, even if they don't realize it yet.

Among the uses of STEMs education are precision agriculture, intelligent forestry, automated mining, GIS-based reclamation and remediation, and healthcare including EMR (electronic medical records), EHR (electronic health records), and digital radiology.

In the state of Montana, only 67% of fourth graders are meeting the state's math proficiency standards, while only 45% of Montana fourth graders meet the national standard for math proficiency. This shows that the Montana standards are not as high as the national standards, which is an issue that probably needs to be addressed. However, in the top three states (Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire) only 56% of fourth graders meet the national math standards. That means that this is a national problem, not just a Montana problem.

Another contributor to the lack of STEMs skills and expertise in the workplace is that only 21% of Montana high school graduates go on to get degrees in a STEMs related subject.

One big issue that needs to be overcome to make the upcoming American workforce better capable of competing in STEMs related competition in the modern market is the integration of STEM content across multiple subjects. First, there needs to be continuity from year to year within and between subjects. This helps students retain more information and helps them to understand progression and see potential applications. Integration between subjects also helps when students can make connections between the subjects they are studying. Making sure that the theory learned in the classroom is tied to practical applications also helps students to learn and to engage with the material being taught. And, finally, bridging high school material to introductory college or university classes helps students carry information on through college and to their careers.

Dr. Phil Curtis (RMSC)
Country Club Melt with Fries
Event Updated
5:43 Tuesday, June 7, 2011