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Take what you will from such a prediction, the fact of the matter is that various technology trends are ripe, or ripening, for disrupting many (if not most) sectors. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Virtual and Augmented Reality – these technologies are offering up new lenses to see and re-imagine the world. This is why we are so serious about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based education. Our children need to be exposed to a well rounded education that prepares them to engage the world of tomorrow. With the push from STEM to STEAM, adding the liberal arts to the discussion, we can now frame a pedagogy that explicitly talks to “how we identify the challenges we wish to work on.” There is another fundamental that I would like to suggest should be part of the stack. If STEM talks to the how we can reshape society, and STEAM talks to why the collective “we” should steer the ship in particular ethical directions, there is a who that is missing. That who I wish to refer to is Entrepreneurship. Yes, I know STEAM is an acronym beauty, and STEEAM just looks like a terrible typo. Acronyms aside, I’d like to suggest that entrepreneurship be considered a staple of the STEAM curriculum.

I find it useful to frame entrepreneurship broadly: the practice of experimenting with new economic institutions that attempt to deliver value to society by solving real world problems. Like the Computer Scientist who codes new algorithms that solves seemingly impossible mathematical problems, the STEEAM entrepreneur too is an innovator. They observe the potential application of new technologies, and work on solving problems around the delivery of new products or services that take advantage of these technological advancements. From the STEEAM perspective, the entrepreneur does not live on “business island,” but is an integrated practitioner in the STEEAM space.

What is STEEAM Ed? Refresh Annapolis Valley started out as a meetup for professionals involved with digital technology: computer scientists, engineers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs -- anyone who saw digital tech as being a platform for their career. As we engaged our professional community, movements like Hour of Code widened our focus to support, in particular, extra-curricular activities for youth. Helping to raise the Annapolis Valley’s next

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generation of STEEAM practitioners. We have grown from annual Hour of Code events, to regular monthly programs for kids and teens alike. Our youth programming has been built on the backs of technology platform giants. Scratch, code.org, the web stack, and more. Through our

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