The critical need for STEM education was apparent before our world experienced the COVID-19 outbreak, and now, STEM skills are more important than ever as we navigate through a pandemic.

Our global health crisis highlights the critical role of STEM education and how strong our economy and health will be in the future. Will there be short and long term impacts to this new way of living until a vaccination or treatments can be developed? Of course. However, there has never been a time to appreciate the fundamentals and benefits of having a strong representation in STEM careers, particularly in the healthcare industry.

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Medical professionals, scientists, and researchers are leveraging their STEM education to find solutions to better understand the virus with the goal of developing a vaccine. Similar to STEM education and robotics, the pandemic revealed that innovative thinking, problem solving, and tenacity are intrinsically linked.

About the Author:

Dan Mantz is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, and has more than 25 years of engineering experience, solving complex problems in the software, electrical, and mechanical fields. The REC Foundation is one of the world’s leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) nonprofit organizations whose mission is to spark student interest and involvement by engaging students through hands-on, affordable, and sustainable curriculum-based robotics and workforce development programs.