Over the next decade, the number of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, industries including oil & natural gas is expected to grow 50 percent faster than in non-STEM industries. Filling these jobs is both a need for our future economy and an amazing opportunity for students, but we must first empower students with the knowledge of STEM career paths within their reach.
To meet this need, the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center is embarking on a new digital program designed for middle school students. Grades 6-9 are particularly critical years, as research shows that entering high school with an interest in STEM is the most important determinant of graduating with an interest in STEM.
Learners engage with interactive content and familiar environments to show them STEM in their world. Virtual career cards are integrated within the digital learning experience that expose students to STEM roles relevant to their interests.