The United States Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Camp helps youth in grades 9–11 jumpstart their careers in engineering and technology. The camp operates under the premise that engineering is all about discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work. The program helps young people connect creating and building with math and science through creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place. Session 1 for rising ninth graders will take place at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, June 6–11, 2016; session 2 for rising tenth graders, June 13–18, 2016; and session 3 for rising eleventh graders, June 20–24, 2016. Selection is based on students’ accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. Some scholarships are available based on financial need of selectee.
With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before.