Published February 1, 2019
The year 2030 will be here before we know
it. Students in first grade right now will be
graduating. Technology will have advanced
at a pace like we have never seen before.
Students have to be prepared for a world
much different from the one that exists
today. And schools play a critical role in talent
identification, workforce development, and
Groups like the World Economic Forum and
the OECD Education 2030 project have made
some staggering predictions that, when we
really stop and think, might not be all that
astounding after all, considering how rapidly
technology has changed our world in just the
past 10 years.
The World Economic Forum predicts the
top five technologies to impact daily life by
the year 2030 will be:
- Virtual reality.
- Gene editing.
- Advertising (to pay for all of the change).
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates
skill shifts due to automation and artificial
intelligence. The need for physical and
manual skills as well as basic cognitive skills
decline while social and emotional skills and
technological skills increase. Higher cognitive
skills remain steady.
The Future of Education and Skills: Education
2030, a report released by OECD, highlights
three transformative competencies that will
be necessary for students to be innovative,
responsible, and aware. These competencies
are interrelated and learnable and, when paired
with STEM education, can create students
prepared for a fast-paced, ever-changing world.
Preparing students for this future requires
interdisciplinary instruction, collaborative
environment, soft skills lessons and practice, and
more. All these are integral to STEM education
and incorporated in Pitsco’s STREAM Missions
and Expeditions programs. #ThisIsSTEM
In the elementary years, students want and
need to be active in their learning. They are
social and need opportunities to practice
channeling their social nature into productive
and positive communication. In the STREAM
Missions program, students learn how to work
in groups, solve interpersonal and scientific
problems, and communicate effectively with
peers and adults through the use of student
roles. Reading practice, art, math, and social
and emotional learning are woven in to core
science instruction in every Mission providing
teachers a complete program that provides
limitless opportunity for the transformative
competencies mentioned before.
Browse Missions titles: Pitsco.com/Our-Programs/Grades-3-5/Titles
STEM AND CAREER EXPEDITIONS
In the middle school years, students are
exploring their passions and trying to identify
what path they should take for their future.
They excel with opportunities to explore
potential careers and gain transferable
skills such as communication, collaboration,
decision-making, and creativity. Expeditions
not only provide valuable STEM and career
content but also opportunity to learn
and practice the soft skills that will prove
instrumental to them as they progress toward
the year 2030. The Expeditions program is the
only middle-level curriculum aligned to ACT®
WorkKeys®. For ACT Work Ready Communities,
the goal is to drive economic growth by
improving the skills and work readiness of the
workforce and provide businesses a reliable
way to identify skills of potential employees.
Why not start this work at the middle level to
provide more time to practice skills and gain
Browse Expeditions titles: Pitsco.com/Our-Programs/Grades-6-9/Titles