By: Kimaya Raje, STEM Club President
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are growing significantly but studies show that American kids will not be competitive to get these jobs. For example, a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2012 indicates that 15-year-old Americans were outperformed in STEM by their European and Asian counterparts (Source: www.nces.ed.gov). President Obama, himself, explained in 2009 that “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century” (Source: www.whitehouse.org). His assertion illuminates the need to spread awareness and education for STEM fields among our community.
But beyond the necessity for STEM awareness, the members of the STEM Club and I love STEM. We think that STEM is so fascinating and honestly, cool. STEM is the reason we live as long as we do today. STEM is the reason we have the smartphones that essentially manage our whole life with the simple motion of our fingers. STEM is the reason we can fly across the globe in a mere day. STEM is the reason we have been able to solve the problems that we no longer worry about today.
That’s why we, the STEM Club and Environmental Action Club at Carmel High School, decided to plan an Earth and STEM Fair this year. The Environmental Action Club brought to our attention the specific need to spread environmental awareness and to improve sustainability for our planet so that we can live the way we are used to living in the future. When we were looking for a venue for our event, we knew that we wanted a place that was aligned with our goals and realized the importance of STEM fields. Eleven Fifty Academy satisfied these requirements and therefore, was perfect for our event. With the support of Eleven Fifty, we know that we will be able to host the best event possible.
We are so excited for our Earth and STEM Fair on April 23rd! Liquid nitrogen ice cream, making fake snow, a robotic demonstration, and an electronic fortune teller are all activities we will have to promote interest in STEM fields. We will also have representatives from Dow AgroSciences, Purdue University, Eleven Fifty Academy, the Monon Center and the Carmel Green Initiative to show the merits STEM fields. We are all so passionate about STEM and hope that through this event we can share our love for STEM with the community. So come out to the Earth and STEM Fair hosted by Carmel High School’s STEM Club and Environmental Action Club on April 23rd from 2-5 pm at Eleven Fifty Academy (1150 W. 116th Street) to share our love of STEM!
Register for the event here.