Jobs of the Future – STEAM Prepares them Early

The world is your oyster, that’s the message we want to send to future generations. As the world continues to grow and evolve, more doors are opening into unique and fulfilling career paths. One trend we’ve noticed is the rise of tech and science-based jobs. In a world dominated by video games, online shopping, and social media, it’s easy to see how tech has come into demand.

You might be surprised to learn how much work goes into those websites and apps we all love. To keep technology advancing we’ll rely on younger generations to continue learning and evolving in the industry.

As parents, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about the potential jobs your child might have one day. Will they become a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or a graphic designer? Here are some of the top jobs of the future that your little one could end up in to help make an impact.  

Database Administrator

As the name suggests, a database administrator helps maintain and organize information in a company’s computer database. There are many factors that go into this process, such as securing systems so only authorized users can access pertinent information.

The storage of information has always been important in business, but with so much information being stored digitally, database administrators have become indispensable. The position requires an advanced understanding of computer jargon, structured query database language, and other skills. To gain these skills, database administrators have a bachelor’s degree, usually in a field like MIS (management information systems), or computer sciences.

App Development

Everything from checking your email to playing a round of Angry Birds can be accomplished through a mobile phone. To do so, your phone is equipped with mobile applications. The mobile app industry is booming. With so many internet users turning to mobile technology to access business and leisure tools, every industry from advertising to finance uses apps.

App development and maintenance usually require a degree or experience in software engineering. As technology becomes a more prominent focus in education, more institutions are creating programs to support computer sciences. You might even find a course or degree focused specifically on mobile app development.

Software Development

 

Like mobile app development, software development is essential to any business performed with a computer or electronic device. Everything from Microsoft Windows to Safari requires specific software to work. Software developers perform several duties and can specialize in narrow fields of interest like app building or system building.

To work as a software developer, an undergraduate degree from a computer-based university program is required. Computer engineering or computer sciences are both acceptable. Some companies might hire based on experience alone, which is why it’s important to start developing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills early.

Video Game Design

It might not sound as sophisticated as software design, but video game design requires the same high level of education and programming skills. In fact, the gaming industry is massive, and many designers enjoy an average salary of approximately $80,000 USD.

Games for PC, console, or mobile devices use art and programming to design aesthetically stunning interactive storylines for kids and adults alike. With the addition of modern features like 3D technology and virtual reality, this career path has become more advanced than ever.

Many video game designers have degrees in computer science, graphic design, or computer engineering.

Network Administrator

The more technology the world acquires, the greater the need for network administrators in small and large organizations. This position uses technology to monitor and organize networks being used. Administrators focus on LANs, WANs, intranet, network segments, software, and more. From installing programs to securing the company network, there’s no lack of work for this position.

Another computer-focused role, a Network Administrator should have experience with computers and networks. A degree in computer sciences from an undergraduate program is sufficient to get started.

Health Information Technician

The health industry is another area where employment is up. For as long as humans are mortal, medicine is a requirement. But, how to hospitals and medical facilities keep patient records and prescriptions organized? In the past, everything was done in paper files, but this just wasn’t feasible as an ongoing practice. Mainly because of time and space constraints. With the introduction of computer storage came a new way to manage and store medical information.

Health information technicians manage the influx of information, filing and storing it. This role requires a 2-year certificate or degree in a health IT course.

iCodeSchool STEAM Courses Support Future Generations

At iCodeSchool, we see the trends science and tech jobs growing in leaps and bounds. Our aim is to provide the knowledge and skills to future generations, so they succeed in these careers. If the future is technology, it’s vital that our children learn the basics, so this field continues to grow and evolve.

Our after-school programs, summer camps, and extracurricular courses provide interactive opportunities to advance in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum. For more information on STEAM and the future of technology, contact us at iCodeSchool today.

 

 

State of Our Education System (University Level)

United States universities have long been recognized as some of the best in the world. Approximately 5% of students enrolling in American universities are international students. Among the many prized educational institutions in the world, the United States holds the top three global university rankings with MIT, Sanford and Harvard. Other international schools, such as Oxford in the UK and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland also make the top 6 for schools being chosen in 2020.

Even with the recognition that our school system is prized internationally, it’s important to note that there are areas, which could be improved. The current standards of the curriculum at American universities are lacking in areas like science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Importance of STEM in an Evolving World

Nearly every job in America uses computer technology or engineering to function on some level. Electricians require fine-tuned electronic devices for monitoring energy output, doctors use a variety of machinery to monitor everything from heart rate to bone density, and even automotive mechanics use technology to scan vehicles for internal issues. Not to mention the importance of STEM information used for global communication, the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all the apps and software that go with them.

How U.S. STEM Learning Compares to the World

In a world where technology has become prized over everything else, how can it be that our children aren’t obtaining a higher level of education in this field? The numbers have been improving, seeing a leap from 303 thousand STEM graduates in 1975 to 669 thousand in 2015. Compared with international graduate statistics, however, this is still low for an industry, which appears to be taking over in terms of global importance. For example, in the same year 12,593 U.S. students graduated with degrees in computer science compared to international graduation statistics showing 45,790 computer science degrees.

The country with the highest number of STEM graduates is China, followed by India. This tells us that other countries are noticing the importance of science and technology. Their efforts far outweigh our own, and yet, as you saw above – U.S. universities are still considered some of the best in the world.

What’s most surprising isn’t that the United States has fallen behind in what some are calling a STEM crisis. It’s that many of the international students surpassing our students in science and technology are attending American schools. In fact, 62% of the international students at U.S. universities are enrolled in STEM programs. Some educational experts suggest that without international interest in American science programs, they may eventually cease to exist.

In recent polls, international students accounted for about 81% of all electrical engineer students in the country and 62% of all mechanical engineering students in the country. These are high numbers when you consider that only roughly 5% of students enrolling in U.S. schools are foreign applicants. That means that these high number of global students enrolled in STEM programs come from a pool of only 5% of U.S. University students.

Supporting Students with STEM Education

Many Americans assume the reason for the lack of registration in STEM-based programs is based on intimidations. If students find the subjects too difficult, for example, it may deter them from applying for fear of failure. Therefore, science, technology, engineering and math programs are important for young generations.

Long before the university level, students can acquire the skills they need to be confident and successful in STEM careers. Extracurricular programs like those available through iCodeSchool offer summer camps, after school learning, high school boot camp courses, and even family classes for shared learning. Some STEM programs also include art in their curriculum, proving the importance of the subject in technology. These then become STEAM programs. Art is an important element in everything from web design to smartphone application creation. Combining art with technology education offers students a new level of learning and one that is valuable by modern standards.

Learn More About STEM Programs

At iCodeSchool we understand how important it is as parents to see our children succeed. This is one reason we’ve designed a curriculum to support students as early as elementary school. While learning STEM skills young is highly effective at improving future outcomes in these fields, it’s never too late to begin learning.

Our high school programs prepare graduates for entering higher levels of education in fields like engineering and technology. Our hope is that future generations will have the skillset and confidence necessary to succeed in these highly revered career paths.

For more information on STEM and STEAM programs, or to see what courses and curriculum are offered through iCodeSchool contact us today.

Rise of YouTube: Skills for Creating Your Own Channel

YouTube is a video streaming and social site, which launched in 2005. Since its debut on the internet, YouTube has taken the world by storm, racking up 1.8 billion monthly users. What began as a way for people at home to share personal videos has erupted into a full-on career path. YouTubers make money by running ads, through paid sponsorships for product representation, affiliate links and more.

While earning a living through YouTube alone is unlikely, it can and is done. Some YouTube sensations like Logan Paul (a YouTuber who vlogs about his life) earned more than $12-million in 2017. Jenna Marbles, another vlogger with a following of more than 18-million has a net worth of $5-million.

Of course, it’s important that children understand not every YouTube account will earn money. However, acquiring basic YouTube skills and creating a channel is relevant to career paths in technology, science, and of course, art.

Creating a Basic YouTube Channel

The channel creation is the easy part. After this you need to decide what kind of material to share with viewers. Will the account be public or private, and are you planning on using the channel as a potential source of income? These are all good questions to ask. If you’re interested in setting up a YouTube channel, the process is simple.

To begin creating a YouTube login, or if you’ve already made an account, simply login. On the top right of your computer or tablet screen you’ll see your user icon. Click this and then the cog icon, which represents settings. Once in YouTube settings, click “create” and choose “new channel”. You may then decide on a name for the channel, be it for business or personal use. This channel name can be thought of as a calling card or brand. Choosing a name that represents you or the type of videos you plan to share will help other users identify you later.

Being Successful on YouTube

Creating a YouTube channel and building a recognizable YouTube brand are two very different things. There are many ways to become successful. Some channels provide their viewers with information, like tech blogger Austin Evens. Others show a side of the world that viewers want to see, like the food and travel vlogs of Mikey Chen and Trevor James (The Food Ranger).

While some of the skills associated with a successful YouTube channel come from the information you share, much of it is related to behind the scenes technology. Videos with good lighting and audio are favored over those with poor camera work. Editing skills are also vital to the creation of popular videos. Knowing how to splice videos to cut out parts you don’t want to share and keep the interesting parts you do want to share is crucial. Even something as simple as adding music to a video can make a huge difference to its likability.

There are also the efforts outside of video development that add to the success of a channel. Things like background design, color scheme, and icon creation. This technical portion of channel creation promotes an image of authenticity, authority, and professionalism.

STEM Education for YouTube Success

The skills required to be a successful YouTuber can be learned. STEM and STEAM programs, which focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math offer the skills necessary to develop and edit videos, maintain a YouTube channel from a desktop or mobile device, and more.

In a world that values computers, technology, and the Internet as much as we do, the young generations are the ones who will benefit from this education. Not every child will go on to be a professional YouTuber, but the data accumulated through the experience could encourage them to become successful in other tech-based careers. The call for application development, computer programming, and software design has never been higher.

Training for STEM Success

At iCodeSchool we offer after school classes, summer school programs, and even family courses to provide children with the tools to be successful in technology. As technological advancement progresses in leaps and bounds, it’s important that young students develop the aptitude and self-esteem to work in these fields confidently.

iCodeSchool programs are created for students age 6 to 18. From a young age, we know how important it is that children begin understanding science, technology, engineering and math. Learn more about how STEM and STEAM programs can help your child achieve their dreams with YouTube and other technical applications. Contact us today for more information. 

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San Antonio is finally getting it’s very own iCode school with afterschool programs to help prepare kids for the future of technology!

Abid Abedi of iCode was on Great Day SA on KENS 5 & Kens5.com this morning introducing the new school!

The State of the Elementary School Education System

The American school system begins at age 5 or 6, depending on which state you reside in. Following primary or kindergarten at age 5, students reach elementary school for grades 1 through 5. Grades 6 to 8 are considered middle school or junior high, while 9 to 12 are high school levels. Most students graduate at the age of 17 or 18, although some choose to leave school (drop out) at 16 – which is discouraged. Some states only require students to remain in school until age 16.

Graduating results in a diploma, following which approximately 1 out of every 3 students go on to achieve higher education at college or university. University-level learning then prepares students to enter the workforce.

While the American education system ranks second, falling just below the United Kingdom and just above Canada – it hasn’t evolved much in terms of teaching material.

What Our Students are Missing

The world has evolved at a drastic level over the past few decades. Smartphones, tablets and computers are in every household, and internet was even declared a basic human right by the United Nations in 2016. With all this change you’d expect updates to educational programs in schools to support student advancement into modern technology. Unfortunately, many of the classes remain the same.

In the United States, each state regulates curriculum differently. It’s then broken down again at a regional level and decided by individual school districts as to which courses are taught where. On average, most elementary students in the country will be taught basic math, science, reading, social studies, language arts, music and art. Standardized testing takes place in higher levels of learning to evaluate whether students are obtaining the information evenly throughout American schools.

While all these subjects are valuable in life and in future education, they fail to deliver the tools and skills necessary to live up to modern technological standards.

What Does This Mean for Future Generations?

It’s become apparent that science, technology, engineering, and math make up much of the information required to power modern and future technological needs. Programming computers, designing software and making robotic equipment function are all increasingly important jobs. Yet, studies show that 52% of adults describe the lack of interest in STEM programs to be based on intimidation.

As of 2016, only 13% of American employees were active in STEM careers. The other 87% of the population chose alternative career paths. This means that less than 15% of the entire U.S. population are employed in positions, which focus on science, technology, engineering and math; the basic skills that comprise much of the technology we covet so much as a society.

This could be detrimental to future generations. A fear of STEM education reflects on current skill levels. If children are intimidated because they believe these courses to be too difficult, could it be that as a society we aren’t providing them with enough education in these fields?

The world won’t ever stop advancing in technology. As it becomes more and more ingrained in our society, the importance of understanding it is crucial to its evolution. If American children are missing these integral pieces of the technology puzzle, will they be left behind as the rest of the world advances into STEM-based jobs?

In China, students focus heavily on STEM, and this has become more apparent in recent years. However, even as far back as 2013, China saw 40% of its student population graduate into a STEM field. This is over twice as many students as the U.S. for the same year. To China’s 4.7 million STEM graduates, India had 2.6 million students pursue STEM careers. The United States, however only witnessed 568 thousand graduates from STEM programs.

The Importance of STEM and STEAM Extracurricular Programs

With the lack of support for STEM in the classroom and the fear many students have in pursuing courses pertaining to technology – it’s more important than ever that students have access to STEM extracurriculars. Fortunately, programs like those at iCodeSchool support science, technology, engineering, art, and math education.

They offer students placement in afterschool programs, summer camps, high school “boot camps”, off-campus programs, and even a series of family learning opportunities. The focus of these programs is on providing students with the information required to feel confident in selecting more STEM programs at a university level – and eventually as a career path.

Interested in learning more about iCodeSchool, STEM programs and how they can improve your child’s aptitude for technology? Contact us today or check out our programs online.