By 2020, there won’t be enough computer programmers to meet demand, says Thanh Tran, Detroit entrepreneur and founder of Kidpreneur, a program that offers technology and programming-focused classes to kids of all ages. The goal? To prepare them for a workforce that is heavily focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
According to the National Center for STEM Elementary Education, one-third of boys and girls lose interest in science by fourth grade. By eighth grade, nearly 50 percent lose interest in science. What’s more, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school students are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career.
To combat these statistics, Kidpreneur after-school classes provide students in kindergarten through the eighth grade an environment for learning coding, programming robots, designing websites, building game servers and more. Launched in Wixom, MI, the company recently opened its second classroom in Madison Heights, MI, and plans to expand in the state and nationally.
Similarly, Square One Education Network, which promotes STEM education in K-12 students in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, has teamed with HARMAN International to bring vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) development to K-12 classrooms throughout Michigan.
The partnership with HARMAN, which designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, will help provide participating teachers with training and classroom equipment to enable students to pursue V2X research, design and demonstration activities.
This collaboration supports Square One’s initiative to connect students with industry professionals, giving them access to technology, engineers and opportunities that encourage future STEM careers.