A Spotlight on STEM Careers

Photo courtesy of WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

Photo courtesy of WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

November 8, 2020, is National STEM Day. This annual celebration of STEM, which is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, draws attention to STEM and the importance of STEM education. WonderWorks Myrtle Beach will use this day to launch a new exhibit on STEM careers, highlighting specific STEM jobs and will include career information, videos, demos and more. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.

“It’s important to introduce young minds to STEM fields so they can explore and consider careers,” explains Robert Stinnett, general manager at WonderWorks Myrtle Beach. “We offer STEM-related activities and events all year and want to take the time to especially highlight it on National STEM Day.”

The new exhibit will rotate its STEM career spotlight, and open with its first spotlight on becoming an astronaut. Think you have what it takes to become one? Guests will learn about some of the standard requirements to become an astronaut and hear directly from a NASA astronaut.

This permanent exhibit will rotate its STEM career spotlight using social media to solicit guest input on what jobs should be featured. Some of the future spotlights will include a physical education teacher, chemist, forensic scientist, zoologist and landscape architect.

According to the Pew Research Center, STEM-related careers have grown 79% since 1990, going from 9.7 million jobs to 17.3 million. Pew also reports that those in STEM careers earn a higher salary.

While the upside-down attraction already has many STEM-related activities, they will add varying pop-up STEM demonstrations, such as an egg drop, bed of nails and origami art as part of continued effort to highlight the importance of STEM. WonderWorks hopes this exhibit will bring interest to the ever-growing STEM field.

“Explore the exhibits, learn about the careers, and open your family up to the world of STEM,” added Stinnett. “STEM activities offer a great way to have fun and learn, and we have something for the whole family to enjoy.”

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach programs include the WonderWorks WonderKids event, virtual learning labs, ART-OLINA Young Artist’s Gallery of the Carolinas, science fair partnerships, online science worksheets, sensory days, group rates, birthday parties and a homeschool program.

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach offers a variety of STEM activities, including virtual learning labs, science fair partnership, on-site exhibits, activities and more. To learn more about the program, visit the site https://www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach/stem-programs/  To learn more about the most recent career highlight, visit the site https://www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach/stem-programs/careers-in-stem/.

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach has COVID-19 safety measures in place. They include reduced hours, enhanced cleaning, spatial distancing protocols, employee health screenings and employee personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

Photo courtesy of WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

Photo courtesy of WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

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