STEM to Spur Infrastructure and Industrialization in Developing Countries:
The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are critical to any nation seeking to grow in the 21st century global economy. A robust economy will require citizens thoroughly equipped to compete in the science and technology fields. STEM-focused education responds to the reality that a nation’s future will be built its capacity for innovation and invention.
Gaining Access to STEM Education Opportunities
The lack of access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related opportunities affects technological and industrializing a nation: as the world depends more on science and technology, the need for STEM education for all students will be critical in the coming decades.
STEM disciplines are critical to any nation seeking to grow in the 21st century global economy. A robust economy requires citizens thoroughly equipped to compete in science and technology. STEM-focused education responds to the reality that a nation’s future will be built on its capacity for innovation and invention.
Engaging education experiences in science and technology incorporate and integrate multiple disciplines, including reading, writing, math, critical thinking, team-building, and technical problem-solving. STEM projects that emphasize hands-on activities with technology integrate learning in ways that connect disciplines and relate them to each other.
This effort is important because it provides a way for developing nations to spur meaningful development through STEM projects. It will encourage governments to take the steps necessary for industrialization and development, opening up endless opportunities for their young people. BSI’s approach is a direct response to the realization that our future will be built on capacity for innovation and invention and creating problem solving.
BSI is focusing all of its efforts on implementing it’s innovative solutions and projects that address the primary concerns. The foundation’s primary emphasis will be on developing innovative STEM projects. We are specifically working to promote STEM education through programs, including:
- “The Young Eagle STEM Workshop” project, where we inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, including men and women. We engage students in STEM-related, hands-on learning activities using our innovative tools to apply their new skills to real-world problems in their communities; and we aim to inspire their progress toward STEM degrees. BSI educates students to be well prepared for employment as STEM professions or as teachers in their own right, supporting academic institutions. This includes developing techniques and technologies to overcome barriers that may preclude students from considering a STEM career.
- With “The Young Eagle Fellowships” for young women and girls in developing countries, BSI believes we can effectively bridge the gap in gender-equality globally. This program funds young women and girls in developing countries to come to USA to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and go back to their country to bring about change with their STEM skills. To accomplish this, BSI develops partnerships with universities in USA, organizations, and philanthropists to provide scholarships and educational resources that these young people need to embark on careers in STEM-related fields.
BSI’s approach is aligned with theUN Commission on the Status of Women, which recommended:
- Strengthening quality education and training in the fields of science and technology
- Increasing the participation of women in science and technology employment
- Improving the responsiveness of science and technology to the needs of women.
According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the inclusion of women in STEM education is crucial to maximizing human resources, improving economic conditions, and more importantly, empowering women. In addition, UNESCO believes that getting more women into STEM fields will help to lower international poverty rates, provide new perspectives in the STEM fields, increase equality between men and women, and improve development efforts in third world countries.