Technology is everywhere, all the time.
It is woven into our daily lives, at the office and at home.
But behind every button we press is a web of scientists and engineers making it possible – and the world needs more of them every year.
Research shows that the USA has a 30% shortfall in the number of STEM-skilled graduates – and Europe is similarly in need of people with such qualifications.
It is not just evolution and equations, programming and robotics that is important. There are the so-called ‘soft’ skills which are vital in the modern working environment – teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and ethics.
Employers are often looking for specific technical skills but also soft skills. This is a problem for university graduates. They know about science, but not behaviors needed in the workforce.
NICK BURNETT, Managing Director, Results for Development InstituteDevelopment, USAID
How does ORT integrate technology in its curricula and inside the classroom?
Seven STEM courses that our students learn with ORT
These practical technological skill sets are acquired by students in most ORT schools:
- Automotive engineering
- Digital game design
- Green technologies
- Video and Audio Editing
- Robotics and much more…
How ORT implements STEM in its schools around the world
ORT Argentina’s “Education 2.0” project places students at the centre and stimulates their learning by giving them the chance to make personally meaningful products. Students have a say in what they produce and how they produce it. All 1st and 2nd year students have their own netbook which they use to carry out collaborative tasks, no matter what the subject.
This new pedagogical model is revolutionizing the traditional unilateral model which consisted in a teacher talking in front of passive students. By implementing a “Teaching and Learning Resource Centre” and a “virtual campus”, ORT Argentina Education 2.0 focuses in increasing collaborative production and networking and in exploring the potential of new technologies.
With computer laboratories, “linguaphone cabinets” and a vocational centre, ORT Technology College in Russia also showcases ORT’s effort in using ICT in education. Among other specialities, students at ORT Technology College in Russia can learn “Advertising”, “Design” and “Applied aesthetic”. Moscow ORT Technology College trains more than 2860 students annually.