What is STEM and how is it important to me?

STEM is a short form for the fields of study referring to teaching and learning in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

In recent decades there has been a steady decline in the number os students choosing to take courses related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This appears to start in Middle school (Junior High) and continues all the way through College. (Sources:, ASQ, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education)

While there are many reasons for this occurrence, this phenomena, in turn, has affected the careers that students choose to pursue. Unfortunately, this translates into a lack of qualified workers in many Manufacturing and Scientific fields. This is so true that many Scientific and Industrial sectors have "sounded the alarm" that they cannot find properly trained employees in these critical areas. Our nations economic health is in jeopardy because of this. Students need an education with a solid foundation in STEM areas so that they are prepared to both work and live in the 21st century.

STEM education provides students with Science, Math, and Engineering/Technology in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. This in turn provides an opportunity for students to engage in "Career Exploration" which could lead to successful and satisfying, lifelong occupation.



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