What sparked my interest in science and math?
Watching things like Terminator 2, Short Circuit and The Jetsons, I became enamored with technology and robotics and wanted to become an inventor. Upon hearing from my teachers that math and science are essential, I continued to advance in my learning in those subjects, well into my college years, where I received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
I want to help students succeed in science and math because...
Honestly, I do not believe math or science are difficult. They are challenging to be sure, but I believe people find them hard due to not understanding or not fully learning the basic principles. As both subjects build on past teachings, not grasping a concept can lead to problems further on. I also believe that an understanding of math and science are vital in this world, regardless of a student's career course. When I hear from my younger siblings or nephews/niece: "Math is hard. I don't like it. What do I need it for?", I simultaneously become disheartened and eager to teach them. I've tutored them and helped them with homework on more times than I can count, hoping they will see its intuitive structure and importance. I want to help anyone learn that.
Why is mastering STEM so important to students today?
As I mentioned previously, STEM subjects are hugely important in today's world. Fostering new ways to attack old problems and innovating brand new markets lifestyles, just look at how far we've come in the last 20 years with the popular use of the computer. How many jobs and business owe the ease and variety of online business to the people who created and innovated the computers of the past. Even if that's not where a person's future interests lie, it is the world of today and the future, so at the very least, being able to understand what's going on around you is important to any citizen of the world. It's imperative that teachers relay that essential message, and the tools needed to achieving that to students today.