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Who is the target audience when dealing with STEM?

Is STEM field targeting, video game students, smart students, hand on students, technical students? etc. #computer-software #computer #money #software #tech #computer-games #educational-technology #software-usability

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Joanne’s Answer

All of the above.


You need a wide range of skills to fill the wishes of those who promote STEM. It's nothing more than a categorization of curriculums.


I was on a college visit with one of my sons and he was interested in an environmental engineering career - the stereotype of the kids were were talking to were those folks that love the outdoors (the campers, surfers, etc ...)

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Charles M’s Answer

According to the Wikipedia article on STEM ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science,_technology,_engineering,_and_mathematics ) the target audience is school children and perhaps school teachers.


I can further refine that with the criteria of those who are interested in taking those kinds of classes and those who are capable of getting grades good enough to feel good about continuing in taking those classes.


The idea is to get the kids interested in those subjects by exposing them to simplified things they can do in those subjects, very early in their life. That way, they will have the desire to take those kinds of classes and also they will have the drive to succeed when the classes get harder.


Keep in mind that not everyone is well suited for STEM subjects, and we need more than just STEM people to have a society that functions well. We really need people who know how to prevent and solve problems with relationships between people, those who can sell, those who are skilled first responders, other medical people, those who can help people learn quickly and many other skills that are not STEM.


It's like the old joke which shows that everyone does something well and other things not so well. No offense to anyone is intended.



Heaven in Europe is a place where the British are the policemen, the French are the cooks, the Germans are the engineers, the Italians are the lovers and the Swiss run the place.


And hell is where the British are the cooks, the French are the engineers, the Germans are the policemen, the Swiss are the lovers and the Italians run the place.


Found at: http://silenteloquence.suryaonline.org/2005/04/15/heaven-and-hell-in-europe/ and lot of other places.


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Cathleen’s Answer

The target audience for STEM is unlimited and inclusive.


Specific outreach efforts to girls have greatly increased during the decade. There are also programs like Engineering for Kids (outside of schools) which gives children as young as 5 through middle school the opportunity for hands on learning in civil, aeronautical, and mechanical engineering. Summer day camps, school clubs, and even YouTube tutorials are other avenues for exploring these topics.


Technology is now intrinsic to so many fields that some education and experience in this area will be useful to anyone even if their primary interest is not a technical field. For example, my interest was Journalism and my B.A. is Communication Studies. During study for my 2 year Associate degree in General Studies, I took classes for HTML, RDMS, and Unix. I have now worked in roles related to software and web development for several years.


Lastly, when there was a shortage of qualified programmers (~2006) and schools/companies were looking for people they could develop for IT roles, they learned that music majors had a high aptitude for technical roles.


Enjoy exploring these subjects - all the best!

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Jonathan’s Answer

All of the above, if technology excites you , if learning or working in a technical environment is of your interests then I would definitely research and explore STEM related subjects and material . I would have expressed myself to be everything you describe when I began studying I loved learning about the tech behind videogames, Programming and general logic-based building was foreign to me though so most of the deep learning I achieved when I started building small games of my own between classes. They taught me a lot about game engines, creating logical structures, game-related math , and more . IF you are going to work in Games or any Stem field there is a very small chance you will only utilize or become familiar with one technology or stack . I myself have worked with facebook SDK's, Twitter API's , Mobile recording API's COPPA- age gate API's , Google Analytics, backend services, App - portals ( googleplay store / iTunes store) and far far more . There is no way that you get involved in Stem and don't get your hands dirty with lots and lots of different types of tech platforms . Lastly I work with many brilliant people , People who I have fun talking about everything from how our lives and growing up in our home countries differ to The best way to create a scalable platform that will be experienced by thousands if not hundreds of thousands of users.


Not everyone is cut out for STEM courses or STEM - focused career paths but I think we all begin with that little nugget of interest and explore it for as long and intimately as we can and if you have that nugget of interest I'd encourage oyu to do the same.

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