Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
The Worlds economy depends on a diverse array of talents and occupations. Highly educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers and software engineers capture much of the media’s attention. However, the work of electricians, mechanics, carpenters, welders and builders is just as important to a functioning society. In addition, it is up to the industrial arts teachers to equip their students of all ages with the know-how and hands-on skills to succeed in these crucial jobs.
Industrial arts educators teach students how to use a range of practical tools from soldering irons to water jet cutters. In addition, in many modern industrial arts classrooms, the equipment includes more than just the standard saws and drills. To keep up with the times, many schools expose students to 3D printers, robots and other advanced electronics.
In the United States. The acronym utilized in education for initiatives to begin to address the perceived lack of qualified candidates for high-tech jobs. It also addresses concern that the subjects taught in isolation, instead of as an integrated curriculum. Maintaining a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields is a key portion of the public education agenda of the United States. The acronym has been widely used in the immigration debate regarding access to United States work visas for immigrants who are skilled in these fields. It has also become commonplace in education discussions as a reference to the shortage of skilled workers and inadequate education in these areas. The term tends not to refer to the non-professional sectors of the fields that remain invisible such as electronics assembly line work,
Industrial Arts is an educational program, which features fabrication of objects in wood or metal using a variety of hand, power, or machine tools. It may include small engine repair and automobile maintenance, and all programs usually cover technical drawing as part of the curricula.
TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) is education and training that provides the necessary knowledge and skills for employment. It uses many forms of education including formal, non-formal and learning, and is said to be important for social equity and inclusion, as well as for the sustainability of development. TVET, literacy and higher education, is one of three priority sub-sectors for UNESCO. Indeed, it is in line with its work to foster inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.