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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:
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 (rockwellautomation.com), 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 rockwellautomation.com/global/news/blog/, or email
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
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
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
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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
Compressed Air Care
Nurture STEM Learning
Heed Drive-Belt Temps
Internet of Things
Maintenance Technology August 2016