Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed For STEM Workforce?
Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?
Schools need to do more to equip K-12 students with computational thinking skills to prepare them to fill the growing number of middle- and high-skilled jobs that require computing or programming skills, witnesses told members of a congressional committee this week.
The STEM workforce is rapidly changing, said James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM education advocacy group. Mechanics and technicians—occupations that aren’t always popularly associated with a need for computing skills—now require some programming ability, he said. And the jobs pay well.
“If you’re really good at being an automechanic, and …