The goal of education is not to just educate that specific person, it is a goal to educate generations that come afterwards.
Establishing education as a foundation to achieve success can be seen when families continue to send their children to higher educational institutions, vocational school and even military service to work towards a level of degree in the service of their country.
The past decade has seen an increase in careers that require technical skill, certificates and diplomas. At the forefront are women that see these as stable careers to raise a family and have access to the benefits that they may not have had from their parents.
Families of colour are beginning to encourage their children to think out of the cultural box and aim for the stars, the seas and medical professions that explore the inner spaces of the human bodies.
STEM, STEAM, STREAM are seen as the gateways to achieving the American Dream and dreams that are deferred because of social-economic situations.
The increase in mentoring groups is exposing girls and young women to careers not thought of that require higher order thinking, problem solving, critical thinking, thought leadership, creativity and out of the box developmental abilities that foresee future challenges that may threaten humanity on local, national
or international levels.
When you educate a mother your educating a generation because mothers will continue to open the minds of her children and her children’s children. Fathers provide the support systems and help build foundations.
The recent Markerspace presentation at the Jacksonville Public Library “STEAM INTO STEM” brought together women in Jacksonville, Florida that show the diversity of parenting, careers, business applications, educational levels and entrepreneurialism.
Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, the hostesses, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon.
Each woman involved in Jacksonville as community activist, business leaders and have children in the schools systems of Jacksonville either public or private.
The aspirations are the same for academic success, the goal of graduating their children from high school and attending higher education is similar, but the roads to achievements are diverse and different.
Each women are successful in their own ways, are unified in their goals for their children to be better educated and have better access to the resources that are open in today with the integration and implementation of technologies
that involve STEAM INTO STEM.
Trans-formative statements: “The biggest danger of unemployment today is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology in robotics,” made by Princess S. Rashid a Physicist, educator, parent and Artist.
This shows that science can embrace the Arts, there is coexistence. The blending of STEAM and building a relationship with careers comes into place when Angie Nixon and Latonjay Richardson comment that the holistic approach to education comes to play that children will not change if they continue to be limited by their environments.
The value of exposure and relevance is real when education is applied to
careers and the changing of the mental and relevancy of what
is learned when applied in real life.
The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, is the dream of Mark McCombs, “I teach people how to build robots and to do what they used to think was impossible.” Mark McCombs is the visionary of the FIRST LEGO League competitions going on at middle and high schools across the state of Florida .
This creates dynamic opportunities for team building in youth, teens and young adults. Engineering, building and coding of robotics that are involved in competitions and can be applied to real world or off world future exploration.
Women are playing key roles in these areas, looking at the recent Hidden Figures movie that careers in NASA and other aerospace, inner space, space travel and applied careers are the keys for generational success academically and culturally.
STEM, STEAM and STREAM are not just acronyms to decipher they are Real, Relevant and Ready to help youth, teens and young adults reach their dreams and beyond. Parents check your child’s school to see if they have a STEM or STEAM curriculum that builds your child to reach beyond their potential and abilities.
Never put limits on the learning of your children or you will limit their abilities to take care of themselves and their children. Generations depend on the advancements of the children now. If your children do not know how to aim, how will they aim high for success?
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