Building Literacy Skills for a Future in STEM
Students who pursue an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are well on their way toward a variety of in-demand careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in STEM-related positions is expected to increase at least 10% over the next 10 years. Even non-STEM industries often rely heavily on these types of skills. However, it’s important to understand that literacy is a necessary building block of a STEM education. Before students can excel in a lab or engineering class, they must have strong literacy skills to better communicate verbally and in writing.
Begin With a Strong Foundation
Literacy extends beyond the basics of ABCs and vocabulary. It also includes skills related to writing, speaking, and comprehension. When we read a sentence, there’s an entire science behind the way in which our brains understand and retain the text. Things like sentence structure and word patterns can make a huge difference in reading comprehension, so it’s important to learn the skills that ensure effective communication.
Integrating Literacy into STEM
Students need to understand how to read and absorb different types of texts, from short articles to long academic papers. This enables them to be able to handle the advanced concepts taught in STEM programs. Reading comprehension is especially critical in STEM, which often revolves around precise formulas and calculations. A scientific experiment or complex engineering system can’t rely on unclear directions. Clear and concise writing is an absolute must in STEM education and careers.
Supporting Students at VeraRosa
VeraRosa Higher-Learning Scholarship is on a mission to bring STEM-based education to students of all backgrounds. We believe that every student can discover their passion for a STEM-related career, and we’re committed to helping students achieve their goals for a successful future. To get involved and learn more about our mission, please contact us today.