By: Ina Fried
Today and in the future, there is a tremendous need for young people to know how to create technology, not just consume it. This is true across every industry, from business to fashion to agriculture.
Estimates show that 65% of today's students entering grade school this year will be employed in jobs that don't exist yet, and 60% of new jobs created this century will require skills in STEM-related fields.
However, the stark reality we continue to face is that not enough of today's young people are being drawn to STEM in school. As a result, young people are not being adequately prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. This poses a major threat to the country's economic prosperity.
At 4-H, we know a major part of the solution to this problem is to expose kids to STEM topics at an early age through experiences that are hands-on, fun and relatable to the real world…