The message is getting through: the future promises a lot of good jobs for those with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math. There is a long list of examples of schools, and sometimes the private sector, making efforts to strengthen those STEM skills, all the way down to the earliest grades.
The challenge now is to convince today’s students – and their parents – that manufacturing jobs are worth pursuing. A new program funded by a Department of Defense initiative aims to do that by speaking to them in a language they understand.
Virtual reality is the centerpiece of the program called TIME for Robotics being developed now at the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development.