USA Today College and other leading publications report that employers strongly value soft skills. The reason? Many employers say that they can teach the content that is required for a particular position, but can’t teach those skills that take time to develop and mature like: teamwork and interpersonal skills, problem solving and analytical skills, and written and verbal communication.
In this week’s STEM Skills Challenge, students are challenged to build a structure that will support a can of soup. It may sound like an easier challenge, but with only craft sticks, paper, paperclips and glue at their disposal, students will need to work effectively as a team and use their problem solving skills to plan, design and build their structures.