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5 Ways to Focus on STEM Skills While In School

5 Ways to Focus on STEM Skills While In SchoolLet’s face it—it’s hard for anyone to know what they want to do at a young age.

We’ve all been there: people asking us what we want to do, wondering what we’re going to study, and maybe even asking where we want to work, all while we’re still in school.

The bad news is that we can’t tell you what to do. But the good news is that we’re familiar with a lot of ways to help you end up being successful throughout your education and career.

Obviously, we’re fond of manufacturing here at Dream It Do It—and STEM skills are very helpful for anyone wanting to go into manufacturing. But even if you’re still not sure what you want to do, or if you’re interested in manufacturing, it’s still a very wise idea to invest time and energy into focusing on STEM skills.

Here are 5 ways to focus on STEM skills while you’re still in school:

  1. Pay attention in class! This sounds simple, but it actually is very important—a strong focus on STEM skills starts in the classroom. The things you can do with your skills outside of the classroom are great, but they all build off of fundamentals that you’ll learn in class. Make sure to pay attention so you don’t get behind.
  2. Do maker projects. Maker projects are great projects that you can do in your spare time. They involve everything from small robots to catapults, and can help you get a grasp of how STEM skills work in action. These projects may even help when you’re applying to school later on.
  3. Practice STEM out of school. There’s a movement in Nebraska (and elsewhere, too) to get students to apply their STEM schools outside of school. Whether through after school programs, projects at home (see above), or community activities, there are lots of ways to get involved with honing your STEM schools once you leave the classroom at the end of the day.
  4. Get an internship. Even though a lot of people think that internships are only for college students, they’re also for high school students, too. And getting an internship is actually a great way to hone your STEM skills. For manufacturing especially, an internship can provide you the opportunity to see your skills utilized in the workplace—which can help give you an idea of whether you’re really interested in manufacturing or not.
  5. Use Legos. Yes, you heard us right—you can use Legos to hone your STEM skills. The new Lego Mindstorms EV3 has engineers in Silicon Valley excited, and using the set can teach you about robotics, electronics, and design. Looks like Legos aren’t just for kids anymore.

Like we mentioned, STEM skills are very valuable even if you don’t want to go into manufacturing. From manufacturing, to engineering, to computer science, to architecture, and everything in between, STEM skills are incredibly useful.

If you’re not trying your hardest to hone these skills, you’re definitely missing out. So take a few of our tips, start focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math, and let yourself be surprised by just how useful these skills are.

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