Technology has, since the caveman, been a much-contested battlefield with those who hold the most accomplishments being at the top in the world’s economy and power structure.
President Barack Obama and his administrators, along with those in Congress, are pushing for more education in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). RSC participates year-round in helping to advance interest in STEM.
Every year the Engineering and Science division, lead by Dean Dr. Wayne Jones, hosts various events and lectures promoting STEM.
“We host science and engineering fairs for elementary students. We host a yearly Science and Engineering Festival in the spring to celebrate STEM. This year the fair and festival will be on April 4th,” Jones said.
The E and S division works with elementary, middle, and high schools to increase early interest in STEM.
We also hosted Mid-Del Middle school students during the Fall 2012 semester in a STEM event. There were 1,000 6th graders, 1,000 7th graders, and 1,000 8th graders that attended,” Jones said.
With the world market being lead generally by those in the STEM field, it is important for the U.S. and smaller communities, such as RSC and its surroundings communities, to look toward producing qualified individuals to work in STEM fields, and to increase both the economic standing and employment opportunities for those in the community.
Toward this goal, a group of students created the RSC Engineering and Science Club.
“This will be a significant organization and help to promote STEM both on campus and in the community,” Jones said.