STEM and The Simpsons

This post looks at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in schools tha would possible help to alleviate the unemployment problem in America right now.  In the article the author talks about how many of the jobs that are going unfulfilled are jobs that require degrees in either science, technology, engineering, math, or a combination of all of them.  If more children were able to go through stem programs, then perhaps they where would be more individuals in the future to fill these positions.  The problem that seems to be plague the issue is that many children do not pursue these specialized fields, because they feel that it is too challenging, or that they were not really prepared in their early schooling to further pursue higher education in these fields.   That is why I feel that every school should try to incorporate STEM programs into their school in some form.  Either in the curriculum, or as an after school program.  If not, we could end up with fewer scientist and our children’s exploration in the science field may end up looking like the science fair in this Simpsons episode (just jump to 16:14 to see it).

We would end up with projects such as Milhouse, where he fails in demonstrating gravity’s effect on a slinky going down a board, or Martin’s demonstration of a hot air balloon being shot down my the Nelson (school bully) with a B.B. gun. (His project was named: Wasting squirrels with a BB Gun).  I think the only impressive project was conducted by Ralp Wiggum (School dunce) when he showed off a toy car running on alcohol. This helps to demonstrate that it is important to have this program to create well-rounded students. It is important to our country that we stay up-to-date with the new technology that comes out, as this will eventually be the future.  We as a country do not want to be left in the dust, as other countries are advancing past us.


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