Adult STEM education- it’s never too late

An emphasis has been put on childhood STEM education that many people in the earlier generations did not experience. With technology constantly advancing, it is a necessity in order to prepare children for their futures and possible STEM careers.

Alongside the change in educating kids on science, technology, engineering and math topics, the way that many adults learned to approach these topics has changed. This has left many adults feeling like they are not as knowledgeable in STEM topics as they may want to be.

An article on Forbes addresses this issue with the overarching message that it is never too late to advance your knowledge in STEM.

Enhancing knowledge on STEM skills can benefit adults in a variety of different ways. It will allow them to be able to better mentor children on the topics and be involved in a variety of youth STEM programs. It can also have major benefits on the individual’s health. According to Scientific America, keeping an active mind into adulthood can reduce cognitive decline that may happen as someone ages (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease).

Despite the possible benefits, many adults may find learning STEM topics later in life to be a daunting task. However, if done correctly, it can be just like learning it as an adolescent. The adult brain has a different way of learning because the brain has already finished developing. This different neurological process requires adults to make connections rather than create new brain pathways.

With the right approach, adults can learn new STEM material just as effectively and efficiently as children can. It is never too late and no one is ever too old to expand their knowledge on something that is so prevalent in today’s society- such as STEM.  

So if you’re an adult reading this, give STEM a sporting chance!