Shout out to senior high schoolers! Are you still undecided on which strand to take? Do you still have a lot of questions about the academic tracks available and how it fits your dream careers or skills? Or are you just trying to research as much as you can to learn something about all the strands? This K-12 blog series is for you.
Since its approval in 2013, the K-12 system has created changes in the way high school students are trained not only for educational advancement but for possible employment as well.
The K-12 program basically added two more academic school years to the then-existing 10-year pre-university format of secondary education institutions. With goals of achieving educational equity, the K-12 program aims to equip students with the much needed skills to gain employment even without a college degree.
There are mainly four possible tracks to choose from; namely: Academic, Sports, Arts and Design and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood tracks. Four different strands fall under the Academic track: Accounting, Business and Management (ABM) strand, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand, Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand and the General Academics strand.
Every week, you’ll find an article explaining what each academic track is, what subjects to expect under this track, college courses to consider, and possible careers.
What do you need to know about the STEM strand?
Technology has been playing a huge role in today’s everyday life. Everything seems to be going digital and most operations are now moving towards the automated route. Even education has been affected by this rapid transformation as more unconventional means of instruction have been developed – from online courses to online file sharing. Because of the recent technological advancements, there has been an increase in the demand for professionals in the fields of science and technology.
If building prototypes and robots, crunching numbers, analyzing the ways of life, and all things tech interest you then the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand is the right fit for you!
Through the STEM strand, students will get to learn the basics of STEM-related disciplines such as Calculus, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students will get an overview of the foundation of most STEM fields which basically deal with several branches of physical, Earth and life sciences, and pure and applied mathematics.
What college courses or degree programs can I take after Senior High School?
Some degree programs you can pursue in line with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand are the following:
- BS in Actuarial Science
- BS in Biology
- BS in Geology
- BS in Agriculture/Fisheries
- BS in Engineering (Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Materials, Biomedical, etc)
- BS in Information Technology
- BS in Computer Science
- BS in Statistics
- BS in Physics
- BS in Applied Mathematics
What are your possible professions?
Pursuing a career in the STEM field is very exciting and new since the world of tech is constantly evolving.
- Bio Researcher
- Mechanical Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Software Developer
- Database Administrator
If you need more convincing that the STEM track might just be your calling, here are more reasons to pursue this great path:
- It will surely challenge you to be creative.
- The disciplines evolve over time.
- STEM is the answer for most of the world’s problems.
- The need for STEM will only increase for the years to come.
- You will always be learning something new.
Interested to enroll in this strand? Know more about schools offering STEM through their profile pages on Edukasyon.ph and apply directly to a school that interests you!