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STEM is an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Let’s find out how STEM education is very important and what makes a successful STEM student.
Why is STEM education so important?
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are collectively considered core technological underpinnings of an advanced society
- In many forums the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation's ability to sustain itself.
- Substantial focus & efforts are underway to raise awareness of STEM education issues, initiatives and programs to help those seeking and promoting STEM career options.
- Search for NEW information, methods, and ways to do and understand things better
- Work to effectively and efficiently solve the world’s problems
- Require you to innovate, create, & discover
- Require you to ask WHY and HOW about things that need to be built, invented and designed
- The world needs 20-30% increase in STEM graduates by 2016 to meet projected need.
- STEM employment grew 3 times faster than non-STEM employment between 2010-2012.
- 9 out of 10 businesses employ people with STEM skills but 2/3rds report difficulties recruiting such employees
- Investment in STEM gives broad, proven economic returns over the short and long term.
- Every STEM worker is estimated to create 2.6 jobs for non-STEM employees.
Investigative people interested in, knowing, finding out, analyzing, thinking and exploring
Realistic people interested in work that demands physical activities, hands-on tasks, practical solutions and tool-oriented problem solving
To be successful at STEM, you need to be interested in:
- creating & being “outside the box” (Artistic)
- organizing, processing, & record-keeping (Conventional)
- helping society and individuals (Social)
- leading, persuading and selling (Enterprising)