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Prepare Today’s Elementary Students for Tomorrow’s STEM Careers

Written by Bill Laurienti

How to Prepare Today’s Elementary Students For Tomorrow’s STEM CareersWhat do data scientists, social media managers, and sustainability managers all have in common?

They all have STEM careers that did not exist 10 years ago. A growing body of research confirms what leading educators have long known: preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow requires developing next-gen skills and an interest in STEM ed at a young age. This is especially important for girls and people of color who are often underrepresented in STEM professions.

Elementary SmartLab HQ partner schools recognize this challenge and are taking positive steps to prepare their learners. One such partner is the Phenix City School District in Phenix City, Alabama.

This short video provides a glimpse of how Phenix City elementary schools emphasize this early learning experience.

Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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