Technology has completely transformed modern education, allowing us to access ideas and information on any topic, at any time, from nearly any location. We are no longer confined to the walls of a classroom, or to the dull pages of a textbook.
In today’s society, parents and teachers understand just how important it is to prepare our children for the future, by encouraging them to develop and pursue their interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In the United States, STEM jobs are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. To compete in a global economy, kids and teens need to be prepared, and it’s our job to make sure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a technology rich environment.
To help facilitate STEM learning outside of the classroom Boys & Girls Clubs of America teamed up with Comcast NBCUniversal, a global media and technology company, to develop My.Future, a fantastic program designed to teach children the skills they need to be successful in our digital world.
My.Future strives to deliver programming that sparks the interest of kids and teens, by providing them with the opportunity to explore STEM topics they find intriguing, such as programming, game design, online journalism, and robotics.
By helping children understand their media world, identify and develop digital interests, and even earn certifications as they progress, My.Future is promoting a love of learning, and inspiring kids and teens to educate themselves in a way that is relevant and useful, now and in the future.
The My.Future program focuses on three main facets of STEM learning, and offers a plethora of activities for kids to choose from. Here are just a few examples:
- Exploring – Create a graph, build a blog, edit photos, crack secret codes, have a typing race, learn about Excel, and play Minecraft.
- Building – Make a movie, create a storyboard, collect information through surveys, learn to edit Wikipedia, and examine the inside of a PC.
- Communicating – Write and create a rap song, explore various online search techniques, learn about internet safety, and create a TED Talk.
For more than 150 years, Boys and Girls Clubs of America have been leaders in out-of-school programming. They know that afterschool and summer programs like My.Future increase interest in STEM careers, and open up a whole new world for young people with a passion for technology.
How have you encouraged your children to engage in STEM learning activities? Feel free to share your resources in the comments below.