Seth Jacobsen’s guest commentary about Aviation Technical Services tapping into high school students for early learning opportunities struck a chord with my belief that society needs to support early learning for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) student education (“Aviation jobs need skilled workers trained here,” The Herald, April 23).
His testimony affirms that high school is the opportune time to expose students to the real world of industry. We think nothing of providing young children with music lessons yet hesitate to expose the same young people pursuing STEM education the opportunity to look over the shoulder of our industrialists.
For several years, I have been hosting a summer creative engineering workshop for qualified students engaged in STEM education. These students are at the top of their class and crave the opportunity to use their STEM education on real practical projects; projects that provide a financial return.
Let us hope we don’t overlook our future engineers. Let’s provide them with the opportunity to exercise their creative talents; an area of education I believe is woefully lacking.