There is no arguing the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math in today’s world. Each is an integral part of our daily lives. While we as adults often take this fact for granted, young people – who don’t recall a time without computers, smartphones, or the Internet – are even more apt to do so. Yet it is these same young people we will rely upon to ensure technological advancements benefiting society continue to be made.
To inspire today’s youth toward the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, we at Alliance Publishing present our STEM Student PlannersTM. These unique organizational tools emphasize to students the critical role STEM plays in both our world and their own lives.
Filled with STEM-related facts and questions, our primary and elementary planners are designed to spark within young minds a desire to learn more about such subjects. Middle/jr. high students using the planners will gain knowledge of not only STEM-related innovations but careers as well. Finally, those at the high school level will be provided with yet more insight into 48 different STEM career possibilities that lie before them.
We’ve also dedicated the month of August to “Art” in all planner levels. Many facets of the art world are heavily influenced by science, technology, engineering, and math and we want to ensure students make this important connection.
“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
— Edwin Powell Hubble
We need young people committed to STEM because …
- STEM professionals and innovations have helped the U.S. secure its spot as a global leader and will continue to reinforce that position.
- Colleges and universities have been called upon to graduate an additional 1 million students with STEM majors.
- Employment in jobs related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022; however, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient at math and interested in a STEM career.
- Workers in many STEM jobs are generally paid more with a median annual wage nearly double that of those in other occupations.
- Progress on STEM will help build a just and inclusive society. Women, blacks, and Hispanics are among those underrepresented in STEM fields. Females, for example, represent the majority of college students and some 46 percent of the workforce but hold just one in four STEM jobs.
SOURCES: Federal STEM Education Five-Year Strategic Plan (A Report from the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science and Technology Council, 2013); www.connectionslearning.com; www.ed.gov; www.usnews.com; www.stemcoalition.org
“New technologies and STEM knowledge lie at the core of our ability to manufacture better, smarter products, improve health care, preserve the environment, and safeguard national security. Individuals prepared with the skills and knowledge to invent, build, install, and operate those new technologies are essential.” – Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan