Preparing America's Next Generation of Innovators
Today, 72 percent of high school graduates are unprepared for entry-level college courses in mathematics and science in the United States. As a nation, the U.S. is not adequately preparing our students for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions. The STEM Education Working Group will focus on: increasing the number of STEM field professionals engaging with teachers and students, developing strategies for attracting more highly-qualified STEM teachers, and increasing opportunities for students to engage in STEM education programs in and out of the classroom.
Educators Supporting the development of educators with expertise in STEM fields – and working to keep them in the classroom – will have a dramatic impact on student achievement in STEM field studies.
Youth Student-centered approaches to learning – including gaming, the Maker Movement, and media creation – provide innovative ways for getting young people excited about STEM and connecting what they learn to their everyday lives and the issues that matter most to them.
STEM Professionals Increasing the number of STEM professionals who engage in effective outreach will help connect education to careers and enhance industry efforts to build a more robust career pipeline for STEM-related jobs.
Learning Spaces Students spend the majority of their time outside of classrooms during summer, after school, and on weekends and holidays. These times present enormous opportunities to engage students in non-traditional learning environments that can inspire interest in STEM and prepare young people – particularly students of color and girls – to be STEM literate and engage in STEM learning throughout their lives.