“For generations, the United States has been a world leader in innovations that have transformed our daily lives, shaped our nation, and supported our economy. To continue down this impressive path, we need to create a STEM pipeline that nurtures and develops technical expertise. STEM education will help our country expand the pool of talented people who can deliver the innovation and technical prowess that will maintain our nation’s competitiveness.”
MITRE believes the United States needs to make a more concerted effort to get and keep students of all ages and backgrounds interested in STEM fields. The public and private sectors need to collaborate to support internships, scholarships, and academic programs aimed at increasing and maintaining participation in STEM disciplines.
MITRE’s research and work program requires expertise in more than 100 STEM areas—for example, computer science, robotics, math, bioengineering, nanotechnology, microelectronics, 3D printing, modeling and simulation, aerospace engineering, health, physics, cybersecurity, and systems engineering.
MITRE staff members around the country volunteer with a wide variety of schools and other organizations to inspire students’ interest in STEM fields. For example, they work with local, state, and national STEM advisory boards, councils, and committees, shaping curricula and programs to promote STEM academic programs. They volunteer in their local schools, coaching math and science clubs and organizing competitions in robotics and solar car races. MITRE also sponsors internships for high school students. MITRE staff mentor these students and assign them to work on technical problems with real world impact. Our Nanotechnology Student Program attracts high school students from around the country.
MITRE staff engage with and influence state and national leaders in STEM education and economic development, supporting initiatives to grow the STEM workforce. We also work with schools and other organizations in the communities in which we work, hosting events such as Young Women in Engineering and Take Your Children to Work Day.