What are 21st Century Skills?

Friday 26th February

What are 21st Centrusy skills

We talk a lot about how our kits equip children with skills for the 21st Century. We believe that kids need to be empowered to learn these skills now to make a better future for themselves. There are already over 600,000 unfilled positions in the tech sector alone and as 65% of our children will be working in jobs that don’t even exist yet, that gap is sure to grow.

When we’re talking about 21st Century Skills we mean a set of abilities that children need to develop in order to succeed.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills lists three types:

Learning Skills
Critical Thinking
Creative Thinking
Collaborating
Communicating

Literacy Skills
Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Technology Literacy

Life Skills
Flexibility
Initiative
Social Skills
Productivity
Leadership
New Skills for New Jobs

These skills have always been important, but are particularly important in our information-based economy. When most workers held jobs in industry, the key skills were knowing a trade, following directions, getting along with others, working hard, and being professional—efficient, prompt, honest, and fair. To hold information-age jobs, though, children also need to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly through many mediums, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with a flood of information. The rapid changes in our world require them to be flexible, to take the initiative and lead when necessary, and to produce something new and useful.

Using one of our DIY kits is a great way to learn and grow these 21st Century skills.

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