The use of STEM in schools is increasing, as educators and employers work together. In Lee County Florida, STEM proponents have found that after seven years of effort, teachers are incorporating STEM into their regular lessons, students are taking field trips that encourage STEM careers, and now there is at least one college intern working with a local business who has experienced the STEM@work program.

Soft SkillsIn partnership with Lee County Schools, the STEM@Work program is funded and administered by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The purpose of the program is to provide activities and field trips that provide opportunities for hands-on learning in cooperation with local businesses.

“We know that students of today — actually students of all time — have always learned best by doing,” said Marshall Bower, foundation president & CEO.

Business leaders hope that the program will boost the supply of qualified job candidates with technical skills in South Florida.

“Every career involving STEM requires critical thinking and problem-solving,” says Jon Romine, owner of an engineering and design firm.

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