STEM Education and why it’s important to ReadiTech

What is the next big thing in education? Could it possibly be STEM education? I think so. STEM is a program that blends four subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – into a seamless program that helps prepare students to be competitive in a growing, global workforce. DRN ReadiTech is dedicated to bringing excitement and increased knowledge to area students in the areas of STEM. This is one of the main reasons we started our tech camp in 2017. Our team of technology experts enjoy sharing the opportunities there are to work in a STEM career, specifically technology, even in rural areas. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career and have demonstrated a proficiency in mathematics. DRN ReadiTech would like to keep students interested in STEM careers by exposing them to the all the different ones available. As the demand for the next technology development continues to grow so will jobs in STEM. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. In 2015, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in the United States, and that number is growing every year. In fact, STEM job growth in the past 10 years is three times that of any other field, but by 2018 it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. These statistics show that it is important that we keep students interested in STEM careers. Is a STEM career right for...

Artificial Intelligence

“Terminator”, “the Matrix”, “iRobot”. These are 3 of my top 10 favorite movies and the common link between all of them is Artificial Intelligence. I have had an interest in Artificial Intelligence for as long as I can remember. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has existed in Hollywood for decades, but it is shocking how advanced it is becoming in the real world. We have all asked Google for directions to a restaurant, or we have asked it to look up the phone numbers for plumbers in our area, but thanks to Google Duplex we will soon be able to use Google’s AI technology for so much more. We can simply ask Google to schedule an oil change for Friday between 10 and noon. Google will then look up where you have gotten your oil changed previously, it will then automatically call that place of service on the phone and schedule the appointment for you. How good is it? The technology is so good that the person on the phone doesn’t even realize that they are speaking to a computer. In fact, in an effort to get ahead of some ethical and philosophical pitfalls, Google is going to have its AI system identify itself so that people know that they are not talking to an actual human. IBM has decided to take their AI technology one step further they have sent Watson to medical school. Watson has spent the past few years analyzing medical data, and at this point it is very close to being better and more efficient than an Oncologist at determining care paths for cancer patients. During recent...