Developing products that educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) requires a special skill set. Yet not many STEM entrepreneurs focus on creating tools designed to support students in learning the skills necessary to prepare them for growing opportunities in STEM fields. But who better to inspire and teach the next generation of STEM leaders? With many exciting and rewarding prospects for students interested in STEM careers, read on for why STEM entrepreneurs should not ignore the growing education market.
STEM Professionals Need Tools to Transition Into Teaching
US public schools are facing severe shortages of teachers with specific skill sets and training to teach math and science. This shortage and the desire for more meaningful careers have many experienced professionals seeking second careers as educators. While various options, like online training or masters of arts in teaching programs exist to provide these professionals with the credentials they need to become teachers, making that switch can still be a challenging process. Opportunities exist for STEM entrepreneurs to create digital products to ease that transition, such as study aids and online forums or communities.
Growing Demand for STEM Tutorial Services
Higher requirements for college entrance exams combined with the demands of Common Core standards leave parents struggling with finding the right tools to help their students achieve. With recent studies showing sixty percent of high school students aren’t adequately prepared for college and it’s no wonder parents are more willing than ever to invest in tutoring to bolster their child’s education. With the tutoring market estimated to reach $102.8 billion by 2018, it is poised for STEM entrepreneurs offering innovative and effective ways to prepare students for college readiness.
Educators Need Tools for Teaching STEM Classes
Preparing students in STEM subjects means equipping them to develop the problem-solving abilities needed to create solutions that will address real issues in their communities. Typically these skilled are honed through hands-on, inquiry based instructional techniques designed to engage students in the problem solving process. Opportunity exists for STEM entrepreneurs who can develop effective STEM tools, training and curricula for teachers and classrooms that allow students to understand how key math and science concepts can be applied in the real world.
STEM Entrepreneurs are Needed in Classrooms
As universities and vocational centers ramp up efforts to produce STEM professionals, STEM entrepreneurs and members of the private sector have been tapped to leverage their experience in the classroom. While most universities require professors to have a doctoral degree, community colleges and career training centers are typically less stringent depending on the candidate’s level of expertise. Sharing your STEM experience can challenge new entrepreneurs to research, create and bring new discoveries to market.
With schools focusing on increasing the numbers of students matriculating with STEM majors, the demand for innovative educational tools is only expected to increase. STEM entrepreneurs should consider how their expertise could satisfy that need and inspire students in the future.