The need to improve STEM learning

The following comes from a National Research Council committee on STEM learning and competitiveness:

The primary drive of the future economy and concomitant creation of jobs will be innovation, largely derived from advances in science and engineering….4 percent of the nation’s workforce is composed of scientists and engineers; this group disproportionately creates jobs for the other 96 percent. 

Another publication by NRC, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics states the goals for U.S. STEM Education:

  • Goal 1: Expand the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women and minorities in those fields
  • Goal 2: Expand the STEM-capable workforce and broaden the participation of women and minorities in that workforce
  • Goal 3: Increase STEM literacy for all students, including those who do not pursue STEM-related careers or additional study in the STEM disciplines.

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