The U.S. is lagging behind other countries in science and math, but some companies are taking unique steps to encourage future engineers. Global power and automation leader ABB (http://www.abb.com/) and
Kid Grid, located at
Engineering companies have a vested interest in maintaining an educated workforce and breaking through traditional gender stereotypes. A shortage of American engineering graduates leaves many hi-tech companies struggling to fill jobs. In 2012, high school students from 29 industrialized nations outperformed the U.S. in math, and 22 nations outpaced the U.S. in science. Projects, such as Kid Grid, are designed to give children positive encouragement in STEM education at an early age.
ABB employees and families collaborated with Team Marbles during initial design, brainstorming creative ways to get kids talking about energy. Engineers and experts from ABB continued to provide guidance and knowledge throughout design and construction to ensure Kid Grid accurately reflects a real power grid. Kid Grid is complete with play versions of cables, control systems, motors, towers and transformers as well as real equipment provided by ABB.
ABB and Marbles announced the project in
"Although Kid Grid is unique to
The demand for highly skilled workers in STEM fields is outpacing supply. According to STEM Advantage, a non-profit coalition, STEM-related jobs are anticipated to increase by nearly 17 percent over the next decade. Of the jobs currently filled across
"We need highly-skilled individuals with a passion for these subject areas," said Scheu. "As the number of job opportunities increases and the industry expands, the U.S. can better position itself in the global marketplace with a skilled workforce."
STEM industry jobs also offer benefits of their own. According to the
"It is our hope that by engaging children at a young age, we can inspire them for a lifetime," added Scheu. "At ABB, we think a lot of the discrepancy between the U.S. and other nations lies in the lack of exposure to the industry, and with Kid Grid, we hope to begin fixing that."
About Kid Grid
Opening to the public
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact.
Stats About STEM
* Demand for highly skilled workers in STEM fields is outpacing supply. STEM-related jobs are anticipated to increase by nearly 17 percent over the next decade. Of the jobs currently filled across
* Individuals employed in STEM jobs consistently earn wages up to 26 percent higher than their non-STEM counterparts (
* Eight of the top ten college degrees, as ranked by income, were in STEM fields. (
* In 2012, high school students from 29 industrialized nations outperformed the U.S. in math, and 22 nations outpaced the U.S. in science.
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