By Sarina Tan and Michelle Lam
With the constant demand for better and newer technology, it has become increasingly important for students to take advantage of all the opportunities courses like Design and Drafting for Production (DDP), Digital Electronics (DE), and others have to offer.
The rapid growth of the technology sector has sparked innovative ideas and inventions. These courses allow students to understand how these inventions work, what jobs such skills are useful for, and how such innovations are creating new fields within the realms of engineering and medicine.
To cater to those demands, Tech has continually offered a variety of majors, new and old, that incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes.
Unfortunately, despite these course additions, students don’t know much about STEM classes and their benefits.
“I actually didn’t know about the engineering programs,” Kelly Zhang ‘15 confesses. “They came as more of a surprise.” Many incoming freshman do not know much about mandatory courses like DDP and DE until their first day.
Little do many admitted students know, Tech’s STEM programs can have a huge impact on a student’s life.
STEM courses can inspire students to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology, and math. But because many students are negligent when it comes to these courses, often because they are unlike any other course students have taken before, they don’t consider potential STEM career paths.
John A. Ventura, a guidance counselor, says, “They [STEM classes] give students the complete advantage. It helps them to understand what it takes to be successful in STEM occupations. Students can either decide to pursue STEM or do something else.”
Dennis Chi ’15 says, “I’m not planning to go into the engineering field, but I think that the programs are still interesting and would be helpful in the future, in case I want to go for it then.”
Another factor to consider is the high demand for engineers nowadays. It goes without saying that the job market our generation faces is not an easy one. As the technology sector continues to grow, new jobs will be created and having experience dating back to high school will give Tech graduates a leg up on the competition.
Ventura adds, “STEM classes are very beneficial. They allow students to get a good foundation in the majors/careers that are considered to be leading industries.”
In the long run, no what one thinks of STEM classes, it is undeniable that their availability makes our high school unique. Most high schools are only able to offer advanced courses for select students, but Tech offers STEM classes to all.