The importance of Early STEM Education

Between 2010 and 2020, it’s projected that Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM occupations will grow by 18.7%, and at the current pace, there won’t be enough STEM professionals to fill those positions. Careers in science and technology are also some of the highest-paying jobs available.

In recent years, STEM education in the U.S. has expanded and become more at the forefront of educators and policymakers’ minds. Having STEM incorporated into early education curriculum is a vital factor in producing professionals in this growing field.

Engaging Children in STEM Early

The earlier students are exposed to STEM education, the better chance they have at understanding these subjects and having an interest in pursuing them. STEM offers students a chance to be curious and engaged with the world around them, and this skillset encourages a thoughtful approach to problem-solving.

From incorporating important STEM-related vocabulary words to exposing students to new technology, educators can create an environment that fosters students’ growth in these fields and beyond. STEM learning is often hands-on and collaborative, encouraging students to think critically, test theories, potentially fail, and try again.

Students will also gain technological skills early, making them better qualified to fill STEM positions later in life. With a solid STEM foundation, young students are better equipped to reach their full potential and feel prepared for their education ahead of them.

It’s a common misconception that STEM skills are only used in explicitly science- or mathematics-centered careers. STEM-focused lessons and programs can inspire students to not only pursue these valuable subjects as careers but also to simply develop a love for learning and growing.

Changing Our Economy

When students are exposed to STEM education, they aren’t the only ones to benefit from it. It’s advantageous to our national and global economy as well.

As students feel empowered to pursue STEM careers, we can expect to see even more advancements. From progress in the medical field to more sustainable technological solutions and improved infrastructure, today’s children are already making this world a better place to live.

Analytical and technological skills are used in everyday experiences and in all fields of study and work, whether a student grows to become an engineer or an English professor. Having well-rounded, deep thinkers in our future workforce will be beneficial to all.

Making an Impact on Children’s Futures

Educators have already begun transforming their classrooms into STEM-conscious environments. And there is always more work to be done.

Through the Bayer Fund’s America’s Farmers: Grow Rural Education program, farmers can nominate their local schools for rural education grants. This enables students nationwide to develop their STEM skillsets and become better prepared for their bright futures ahead.

At Bayer, we live by the motto “Science for a better life.” As we strive to find solutions to today’s biggest challenges — related to food supply, medical care, and more — it’s vital we have the resources and the experts to lead the way. We believe STEM exposure, as young as possible, is crucial to enhancing the quality of life for the global population.

To learn more about how Bayer supports STEM efforts around the world, check out our Crop Science stories.