Let’s face it, live streaming is not exactly a new concept to the Gen Zs and Gen Alpha’s of today. Everywhere you turn on the internet someone is streaming their gaming setup, or an unboxing or even their new Asos shopping haul. It’s an ever present form of entertainment for today’s society and younger generation with social media sites such as Tik Tok, Twitch and Youtube all pioneering the production of live content. But how does this phenomenon link to education and in particular STEM education. Luckily for you we’re going to explore it a little bit below!
Firstly, what exactly is STEM Education? Well STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The goal of STEM education is to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st-century workforce, where STEM-related careers are in high demand. In the UK, STEM education is a priority, and the government has made significant investments in this area. In the UK it’s designed to be hands-on and engaging, with a focus on problem-solving and critical thinking. It is also intended to be inclusive, with a particular emphasis on encouraging women and underrepresented groups to pursue STEM-related careers.
STEM pathways can play a crucial role in the live event streaming and broadcast industry by providing a pool of skilled professionals who possess the technical expertise and knowledge required to excel in this field. Students who pursue degrees or certifications in STEM fields, such as computer science, electrical engineering, and telecommunications, can develop the skills necessary to work in the broadcast industry. STEM education can also help individuals develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential in a fast-paced and dynamic industry like live events and professionals in the industry must have a strong understanding of the technical aspects of broadcasting, including video and audio production, encoding and decoding, signal routing and switching, networking, and content delivery systems. In short, by providing a pipeline of trained professionals, STEM education can help ensure that the live event streaming and broadcast industry continues to thrive and innovate in the years to come.
Also, the streaming of STEM education events is crucial in this modern world. It increases access to quality education for learners worldwide, irrespective of their geographical location. With the rise of the hybrid events post pandemic as well as the accessibility of streaming to young people today, those who may not have the resources to travel or attend in-person events can now participate in virtual STEM education events from anywhere with ease. Jumping on a laptop to watch a lesson or lecture is second nature now to our younger generations and so if we want to engage them in STEM careers then events produced in this sector would be wise to increase their visibility and accessibility to the new workforce. Streaming events creates an opportunity for learners to engage with subject matter experts and interact with a global community of learners in real-time. This interaction provides them with a unique opportunity to ask questions, share their ideas and experiences, and learn from their peers. Not only that but engaging with this community can help break down traditional barriers to learning, such as socioeconomic status, gender, and race, by providing equal access to quality education to all learners which is important in the UK government’s approach to STEM education. Streaming events linked to STEM only improves the accessibility of these companies, career paths and the events themselves to young people who may be interested in pursuing it as a career.
Recently we had the pleasure of sponsoring an event promoting companies that can offer career pathways for STEM called Get Up to Speed with STEM produced by our good friends at Work-Wise. We installed a custom studio and allowed young people from a variety of different schools to learn and produce a short 5 minute TV show using our high quality broadcast equipment. We had amazing feedback from the young people and event organisers as they got to use our Tricasters, green screen, autocue system, sound desk, PTZ cameras and much more! It was a fantastic showcase for how broadcast and streaming are extremely relevant for STEM education and we hope that they are inspired to pursue the career further.
If you have an event that you want streaming then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to see how we can help!
As an experienced Theatre and Events Designer and Technician, Sam has extensive knowledge about all things events. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sam transitioned seamlessly to the live events sector expanding his knowledge into video and broadcast as a certified Tricaster Operator.All author posts