STEM is the future.
STEM learning is an economic imperative. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM.
Yet as many STEMtisticsSM show, our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics:
For more, research and data that guides the STEM conversation, check STEMtisticsSM. STEM literacy has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. It helps us make critical decisions about our health care, our finances and our retirement. It illuminates the ever more complex issues that govern the future of our democracy, and it reveals to us the beauty and power of the world we inhabit.
A literate nation not only reads. It computes, investigates and innovates.
69%: Share of U.S. students who graduated from high school with a regular diploma in four years (2007)
47%: The share of black males who graduated from high school with a regular diploma in four years (2008)
45%: Share of 2011 U.S. high school graduates who are ready for college-level math
30%: Share of 2011 U.S. high school students who are ready for college-level science
17 nations: The number of industrialized nations whose high schoolers performed significantly better than U.S. students in math
3 million: The projected shortage of workers with U.S. college degrees, associates or better, by 2018