A common misconception that parents have is this: “My child has already taken a computer science or robotics class in school. Isn’t that enough?” Well, no. It’s not enough. These classes are typically designed for the lowest skill level and does not provide enough detail for a student with a real aptitude for technology. Unfortunately, Colorado students cannot earn math or science credits by taking computer programming, robotics, or digital media, and core class requirements prevent schools from offering a depth or breadth of STEM coursework. As a consequence, last year, fewer than 500 Colorado students graduated from universities with Computer Science degrees, and more than 15,000 programming jobs went unfilled each year. Technology education needs to be broader and deeper from an earlier age if we hope to meet 21st century needs.
Silicon STEM Academy is here to help fill that gap. Our courses are designed to do more than scratch the surface so our students come away with real-life technology skills. To reinforce this, Silicon STEM students learn by doing, so our classes are strictly hands-on and project-based. This way, our students leave with a true understanding of how things work. This approach fosters a deeper knowledge, which provides a solid foundation for the problem-solving skills that will serve them throughout life.