EASTON, Pa., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Across the nation, we are seeing concerning statistics regarding the number of students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) careers. This growing shortage of science-based talent will represent a serious problem in our workplaces and universities as STEM based expertise is the heart of our high-technology society and economy.
By understanding the science and math behind various life situations, students gain an appreciation for engineering and become more invested in their classroom lessons. Applying engineering, science, math, and technology knowledge and skills to solve complex open-ended problems in a real world context is the goal of Saucon Valley High School's (SVHS) Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program. On Monday, November 14th, 50 SVHS students enrolled in this curriculum will visit three Easton manufacturers - Victaulic, Crayola and Follett - to see engineers in action. "The fastest growing careers require science, technology, engineering and math knowledge at the core," says Eric Luftig, Victaulic Vice President. "Together with our colleagues at Crayola and Follett, we are committed to inspiring young people to consider STEM disciplines and help prepare them for the future." "A critical step in making science and math engaging and relevant to students is providing them with authentic, real-life experiences," commented Monica McHale-Small, Saucon Valley School District Superintendent. All three manufacturers are no stranger to promoting their science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities, with involvement in the Dream It. Do It. PA's "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" video contest. They join 27 other regional manufacturers in the 2017 initiative, which invites students inside manufacturing facilities to discover STEM jobs and help change perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers.