Frank Schmidt DDS
I am Frank Schmidt, 68 years old and retired from private dental practice after 35 years in southern Missouri. Univ. of Missouri undergraduate (majored in business and science classes ) later entered Univ. of Missouri Kansas City Dental School, graduated in 1982.Then private dental practice in Branson, Missouri area for 35 years
The importance of science and technology, engineering and mathematics cannot be overstated in my humble opinion for students in today’s world. I understand STEM to be especially important for young people as their lives progress into the “connected age” where all home appliances and workplace tools are connected just as we saw the evolution of all tools and appliances being electrified in years past beginning in the 1920-30’s. Any student today who learns about coding and electronics and feels comfortable with Internet of Things devices will have an advantage in the workplace in future years. This electronics savvy is as important as the basic 3 R’s in school of years past. Just being able to talk to and understand tech. support while on the job and servicing smart devices will make our students today critically valuable to their employers in future years.