STEAM Role is a new start up that aims to link aspiring students with role models from STEM/STEAM industries.
I'm really interested by the concept.
Working in an industry where there is a already noticeable skills shortage, and a worrying gap in our labour market vs. aspirations of major construction and infrastructure programmes, I love the concept that an app like this could help to encourage more people to find their way into a STEAM-related industry.
I like that this could be a positive way of using the habits and behaviours people have already developed (e.g. swiping right, consuming regular micro-content) to slowly encourage students into STEAM careers. But, as with Snapchat, Instagram and other platforms, the key is regular and engaging content; and it will be interesting to see how STEAM Role incentives their role models to keep their feeds up to date.
With mentoring being a relatively new thing to me, I don't know if this app gives the same two-way dialogue and support traditional mentoring techniques provide, but it will be interesting to see how it develops over the coming years.
“We want to make it easy for role models to give back and who want to mentor,” Wooten said. “We do it in a way that’s like creating a Snapchat story, and then followers can subscribe to content.”