2016-17 Course Catalog Now Available For Comment
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Aerospace & Advanced Technologies
Jobs in aerospace and advanced technologies are a good fit for students intrigued with physics, who like gaming and coding, who are good at solving problems, enjoy hands-on activities, and like to make new things.
Jobs in these fields include engineers, network specialists, maintenance and instrumentation technicians, programmers, pilots, lab technicians, research scientists, industrial and graphic designers, technical illustrators, science writers, and consultants. Almost all jobs in these areas require post-secondary degrees or training, and some – such as scientists and engineers – require a four-year degree or higher.
Students who have a foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) will be well on their way in preparation for these careers. STEM education engages students in learning through actively solving real problems, which builds critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. These skills are must-haves for future workers and leaders.
What is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Education?
STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)
NC STEM By The Numbers
- There are approximately 400,000 STEM related jobs in NC.
- More than 700,000 additional STEM-related jobs will be created
by 2020 – the highest projected growth rate across all career fields in NC.
- STEM-related jobs in NC pay 64% more than the average wage.
- By 2018, more than 60% of all US jobs will require some level of
- At least 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills.
- Three quarters of the 20 fastest growing job occupations require significant
math and/or science preparation.
The NEAAAT Advantage
- Strong student, staff, and parent supports
- Innovative atmosphere
- Problem-based, project-based learning forms instructional core
- Learning by doing, solving real-world problems
- College and career preparation, credentialing
- Field experiences
- College/university visits