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Schalmont students getting new set of STEM courses

June 08, 2018 06:58 AM

ROTTERDAM -  Kids at Schalmont are getting a new set of courses in STEM. 

It's called Tech Trep. The idea is to prepare students for a future where the jobs their parents had no longer exist. 

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3D printing and design, browser game programming with JavaScript, drone videography, and Lego robotics. Tech Trep is about 20 STEM courses. Each one takes four-to-five months to finish, and they're $350 a pop.

The co-founder and CEO of Tech Trep, Marlon Lindsay, says only 10 percent of kids are drawn to STEM. And he wants to change that for the good of the future.

“We need more and different kids getting into STEM because the numbers are stark right now,” he said. “There’s 500,000 jobs across the country that we can’t fill that are STEM related.”

Eighth-grader Hayden McGarry says with what he's learned, he's already torn apart an old computer, fixed its power supply, and made it work again.

He's buying what Lindsay is selling.

“We are the next generation where you will not be able to work at McDonalds for your entire life and make a living,” he said. “We're going to have robots doing that. We're going to need people that are educated and trained in technology who are good at programming and not just using what is made.”

“Forty-seven percent of the jobs we know today are going to disappear or change drastically so our kids need to be ready for the 21st century economy,” Lindsay said. “The jobs that we’re preparing them for will not be there.”

Sen. George Amedore secured $50,000 of state money for his home school district of Schalmont. That's what's buying these courses for the kids.   

All that's left is for the kids to buy in to STEM.

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