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Check out CTEq’s STEMtistics on a variety of topics (from girls in STEM to jobs and the workforce to minorities in engineering, and more!) for research and data to guide the STEM conversation.

Girls in the Classroom

23 percent of high school girls say they are interested in pursing computer science. However, less than half a percent of female college freshmen list STEM as their intended college major.

Sources: Girl Scouts Research Institute, 2012; National Science Foundation, 2012

Tags: women & girls, K-12, computer science, higher education, Vital Signs

Little Time for Science

In the 2011-12 school year, the average elementary class and teacher responsible for teaching all core subjects spent 2.6 hours per week on science education. By comparison, in the 2007-08 school year, the average elementary class spent 2.3 hours per week on science education.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2011-2012


Tags: K-12, teachers, science, Vital Signs

Engineering Pays Off

The annual mean wage for engineering jobs is $79,000. For all other occupations, the mean annual wage is $45,790. The unemployment rate for engineers is only 3.8 percent, compared with 7 percent for all other occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Tags: engineering, jobs & workforce, Vital Signs

No Girls Allowed?

Gender stereotypes take root early. According to a study in the journal Child Development, girls' and boys' attitudes about math begin to diverge as early as second grade. The researchers studied 247 children in Seattle-area grade schools: "Boys associated math with their own gender while girls associated math with boys. In the self-concept test, boys identified themselves with math more than girls did."

Source: Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A. N. and Greenwald, A. G. (2011), "Math–Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School Children." Child Development, 82: 766–779.

Tags: women & girls, K-12, math

STEM enthusiasm in the toilet

Thirty percent of Americans say they would rather clean the bathroom than solve a math problem. That finding could reflect the fact that many Americans experience math as a series of abstract or artificial "problems" disconnected from real-world problems that have a profound bearing on their lives. Math is critical to the future of the nation and everyone in it. We have to address the enthusiasm gap.

Tags: math