Model Trains are perfect for young people in STEM and STEAM programs.
Few children are pursuing STEM fields. This is changing as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives. STEM field occupations will continue to be opportunities for people who have hard skills in these fields. Model Railroading suits itself to development and skill building in each area.
This is important because future job skills will rely on development in these key areas.
Math and Trains
Using mathematics in model railroading will assist you in several areas. Radius, track length, area of a room and layout building. Math is also used in electronics to power the layout as it becomes more complex with DCC and the use of technology.
Technology and Model Trains
As mobile networks become more powerful, technology expands what people can do with a model railroad. Software and hardware have come around full circle to places not even fathomable in the recent past.
There is plenty of engineering involved in model railroading, it's fun engineering. The sky is the limit in terms of what you can create.