The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

According to a report on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, increasing opportunities for young Americans to gain strong STEM skills is essential if the United States intends to continue its remarkable record of success in science and innovation. (National Science and Technology Council, 2013)

STEM education is responsible for numerous advances. From mapping the human genome, discovering water on Mars, or developing the Internet, these accomplishments would not have been possible without a skilled and creative STEM workforce.

Science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge and skills are in greater demand as the United States confronts a fiercely competitive international marketplace where the advantage goes to companies that are the first to invent and produce innovative products.

Fewer than 40 percent of students who major in a STEM field actually graduate with a STEM degree. Only 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate degrees are awarded in STEM fields.

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Colleen Walsh-Conklin
Executive Director, Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science Department