Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs will grow in leaps and bounds over the next several years. According to a report by myCollegeOptions and STEMconnector, the estimated STEM workforce in the United States alone will grow to 8.65 million workers by 2018 (up from 7.4 million in 2012). Also interesting: “By 2018, the bulk of STEM jobs will be in computing (71%) followed by traditional engineering (16%), physical sciences (7%), life sciences (4%), and mathematics (2%).”
Dmitry Grishin the CEO of Russia’s biggest Internet company and founder of venture capital firm, Grishin Robotics, recently stated:
“I really believe that the only thing children need to learn in the 21st century is robotics. It covers mathematics, physics, mechanics, programming. These are the only things people need. Really.
Of course, I’m joking a little. But you know, I think it’s interesting because robotics combines [important subjects]. What’s more important is it makes education fun. “
One of Grishin Robotics investments is in RobotsLab who have produced an innovative and engaging STEM teaching aid using robots:
Another company entering the field is Play-i – “Our core focus isn’t for them (children) to become programmers. It teaches them a new way of thinking.”