Inspiring Kids to Pursue STEM, Through Rocket Building

It’s estimated that between 2014 and 2024, the demand for STEM jobs will grow by 17%, but according to one study, only 36% of high school students are truly ready to take a college science course. What’s more, in middle school it has been estimated that 74% of girls express an interest in pursuing a STEM career, but when it comes to college, only 0.4% pursue degrees in computer science. (Source.)

Logical Advantage is committed to nurturing this passion for STEM in our younger community members, which is why in March, Dan Thyer, CTO and Co-Founder of Logical Advantage, and Richard Taylor, Tech Lead, teamed up to teach a STEM rocket building class for kids.

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After shooting some of our own rockets off to show the kids what we were making, we started by having each of the kids introduce themselves and tell us what they hoped to make. Based on the individual designs of what they thought would work well, the kids built the first iteration of their rockets.

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We then talked about each of the rockets, as well as what worked and what didn’t. Taking what they learned from the first batch, the kids went back to the classroom, and each and every one of them built much better rockets.

By the end of it, we were all having such a wonderful time. We hope to have impacted the kids who want to pursue a career in STEM by inspiring them to believe in themselves, while also showing them how much fun this industry can be!

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