22 Feb The Importance of STEAM for the Next Generation with the GeoBus
The University of Central Florida has launched the nation’s first GeoBus to inspire passion and careers in STEAM for the next generation.
What Is Steam and How Does It Impact Society?
STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. The objective of STEAM is to educate and inspire a passion for the sciences in younger generations. As technology advances it is more important than ever to educate the next generation to continue the advancement of society. STEAM programs aim to not only educate children but also encourage them to pursue further education in these areas.
A study performed by Microsoft found the following results. “Nearly 4 in 5 STEM college students (78%) say that they decided to study STEM in high school or earlier. One in five (21%) decide in middle school or earlier.”
Fortunately for the advancement of society, there are STEAM programs being launched to inspire young people daily.
The Launch of the GeoBus
What started out as a passion for teaching and inspiring the fields of STEAM for the next generation has blossomed into a program for the state of Florida. Thanks to Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, 2022 National Geographic Explorer & Associate Professor of GIS at the University of Central Florida, and his Citizen Science GIS team the GeoBus has finally come to fruition.
The GeoBus is the first of its kind and is essentially a laboratory on wheels. This solar-powered 40-foot bus consists of apps, drones, maps, and educational games to inspire interest in STEAM for the next generation. The GeoBus will travel to community centers, K-12 schools, and various events throughout the state of Florida.
As of February 21st, 2022, you are now able to book the GeoBus for your community or school! Fill out this survey to get started today.
GeoTel and the GeoBus
GeoTel has supported the GeoBus through various efforts and events at the University of Central Florida, such as GIS Day. The GeoTel family is a big believer and supporter of STEAM projects. If you are interested in partnering with GeoTel to better your community, please contact the experts at GeoTel today.
Author: The Experts at GeoTel