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WORKFORCE ISSUES Tomorrow's skills are developed when children are exposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in and out of school. Flores lists a number of engaging and fulfilling ways to enhance STEM learning when classes aren't in session, as well as supplement classroom time during the school year. Among them: Nurture Non-Stop STEM Learning THINK BACK: As a child sitting in a classroom, how many times did you have to hear or see something presented before you remembered it? It's a question Jay Flores asked in a June 13, 2016, Rockwell Automation Blog post. Flores is a STEM Ambassador for the Milwaukee-based company (, where educational-outreach initiatives aimed at growing the workforce of the future are a top priority. Regarding his own classroom experience, Flores remembers not how long it took to learn something, but how quickly he could forget it after the bell rang. "Coming back after a break (from school)," he noted, "was brutal." What Flores described is associated with "The Forgetting Curve." According to statistics referenced by Art Kohn in his March and April 2014 columns for Learning Solutions magazine (learningsolutionsmag. com), it can follow us through our lives, even as adults in work-related training. That wouldn't seem to bode well for development of the type of diversified, highly skilled workforce needed to support increasingly complex manufacturing technologies. Helping students overcome "The Forgetting Curve" is crucial in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning. To do so, Flores explained, it's important to keep them challenged, especially during breaks from school. His number one rule, however, is to have fun. To learn more, see Jay Flores' complete post, "It's Important to Support STEM All Year Round," on the Rockwell Automation Blog site at, or email AUGUST 2016 Find STEM examples in everyday life. Create a math problem based on a movie you're watching or game you're playing. On trips, help children calculate the time left to reach your destination. Encourage children involved in sports to calculate free-throw shooting percentages or batting averages of players on their favorite teams. Link hobbies to learning. For example, "Angry Birds" is a physics and engineering problem disguised as a game. Talk to a child about why he/she launched a bird at a specific angle. Fix things. Or at least, try to. An old clock radio, a small household appliance, an engine. Taking things apart and putting them back together requires all of the elements of STEM. Celebrate innovation. Find examples of exciting advancements or new applications of technology to share with your kids. Celebrate the scientists and engineers that make these advancements possible. Expose them to enough of these great role models and your child might want to grow up to be like Elon Musk. Enroll in a camp. There's no better way to inspire future innovators than to give them the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to solving problems. Check out the calendars for local universities, libraries, and science museums. Many have innovationrelated camps. Most important, Flores reminds parents and others to have reasonable expectations. As he put it, "If you push too hard, or don't do ageappropriate challenges, the games become work." The point is to keep students energized and engaged about STEM learning in and out of the classroom while they're still in school, and help support their career pursuits later in life. MT -Jane Alexander, Managing Editor MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM | 43 http://www.MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology August 2016

On The Floor
Accepting The Challenge
Advanced Software In The Jungle
Put Efficiency in MRO Storerooms
Rethink Overall Vibration Monitoring
Reliable Pumping Supplement
Practical Oil Analysis: Why and What For?
SAP Tips and Tricks
Maximize Ethernet
Compressed Air Care
Nurture STEM Learning
Heed Drive-Belt Temps
Internet of Things
ISO 55000
Ad Index
Final Thought

Maintenance Technology August 2016