How Software-Defined Instrumentation Will Revolutionize STEM, and why Educators are Slow to Adopt

From cars driving us to work to phones confirming our identities, exciting new technologies are rapidly transforming every aspect of our lives. For that, we can thank the exponential growth and advancement of STEM fields in recent decades. In fact, employment in STEM occupations has grown 79% since 1990, increasing from 9.7 million to 17.3 million in 2018. With these numbers rising consistently, we should expect to see an acceleration of modern technology use in the classroom.

Despite this huge growth, STEM education hasn’t caught up with demands. One area where this is pronounced is in the adoption of emerging technologies, such as software-defined instrumentation in engineering labs, as many educators are hesitant to disrupt the status quo and implement it into their curriculums.

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