Back: How students use technology to help the community

At school, at workplaces and in the community, students want to change the situation. That’s why so many work together to use technology to solve real problems.

More than 500 students enrolled in EPICS engineering projects at Purdue University as part of the Community Service program work together to design, build and solve engineering problems to help local communities and educational institutions.

“Every day we get up and see how we can make the world better,” says William Oaks, professor of engineering education at Purdue University and director of EPICS.

In its twentieth year, EPICS became a model for other engineering and public programs in 24 universities.

“We view STEM as the key to solving the problems of the 21st century, and we can not solve them without STEM-Tech.”

“The results of our projects improve the quality of life in our community, both locally and globally,” says Oakes, highlighting some of the ways in which EPICS helped. They created software and educational applications for children, as well as individual prosthetics. They also helped Habitat for humanity to improve construction and energy efficiency at the local and international levels.

In this transformational education, students learn methods of solving problems; leadership; how to work together; and they develop a sense of accomplishment.

Find value
“Generation Y really wants to work in a meaningful way,” says Daniel Nichols, president of Stem Jobs, a company and magazine whose mission is “to connect classes with careers.”

Nichols encourages students to “do what they love” by studying STEM (science, engineering, engineering and mathematics).

He says that by 2018, by 74 percent of the jobs, the MINT skill will be required, which took and transferred some MINT items; Although 68% of jobs require knowledge of STEM, STEM student research does exist and has a degree of MINT or certification.

“Attract more students to these topics that will stimulate the economy and enhance your career in the future,” explains Nichols, explaining that students with STEM experience usually earn more money than their peers without skills. STEM.

Growing field

The combination of STEM and the community is attractive to women and minorities, two groups that usually did not study STEM.

There are still not enough teachers to teach technology.

“We view STEM as the key to solving the problems of the 21st century,” says Talia Milgram-Alcott, co-founder and CEO of 100Kin10, groups of more than 200 partners who support STEM teachers and train 100,000 STEM teachers here. 2021.

Milgram-Alcott predicts that the students of the MINT will work on such problems as drought, hunger and artificial intelligence: “We can not solve them without STEM technology.”