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STEMJOBS.COM // EARLY SPRING 2018 5 STEM MYTHS BUSTED SPECIAL FEATURE // STEM MYTHS BUSTED STEM DOESN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT CREATIVITY A. Every artistic production (play, ballet, musical, concert) requires STEM skills and professionals to be successful. Obvious things like sound, lighting, and special effects are STEM centric, but even backgrounds and costumes often have a huge STEM component to allow quick scene changes and transport the audience to another time and place. B. Wearable tech requires creative software and hardware developers, along with programmers and designers to come up with new technology that people actually want to wear and that actually does something useful. C. Architects, civil engineers, and others are needed to find creative solutions to design problems while protecting the environment and ensuring safety for the people using their buildings. D. Science helps us understand the world around us and create new things—just ask a food scientist, software engineer, or materials scientist! MYTH 3: STEM careers are for analytical people, not creatives. There are a lot of myths out there about STEM careers and the path students should take after high school. These myths are accepted as fact and feed into each other - causing students to miss out on opportunities to do what they love. Let's bust some common STEM myths. REALITY: All STEM careers require some creativity to solve problems. Employers want to hire problem solvers, and no one ever solved a problem by doing things the way they've always been done. FACTS:

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