STEM education for youth has gained so much attention in recent years (and rightfully so), with everyone from the White House to local after-school clubs singing the praises of hands-on learning. This was definitely not the case in the late 80s, when educator Tom Dubick began teaching engineering at Charlotte Latin School in North Carolina.
Teaching engineering is hard. It’s one thing to explain concepts, but most students require concrete, practical examples in order to fully understand those concepts. Practical examples cost money, and they also require time and effort to develop. That’s why we’ve started creating free educational content for Mechanical Engineering courses!
Two weeks ago, a few of us ladies here at OMC, along with some of our friends over at Otherlab, participated in the Expanding Your Horizons conference hosted at UC Berkeley to help educate young girls about STEM careers. The conference gathered about 500 girls between the ages of 11 and 14 to learn about STEM fields from female students and professionals in various tech industries.