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What is the STEM Crisis?

STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and math”, and research suggests that students who complete STEM degree programs in college are likely to earn more, whether or not they work in a STEM-related field.

One of the leading STEM universities in the nation is here in Missouri. A 2013 U.S. News & World Report study explored which of its own 2013 Best Colleges-ranked schools distributed the largest portion of bachelor’s degrees (as a percentage of total degrees) in science, technology, engineering and math. The Missouri University of Science & Technology was ranked third in the study; only California Institute of Technology and Colorado School of Mines outranked Missouri S & T.

This is great for Missouri, right? Well, sort of. The problem is that there’s a lot of research out there showing that American K-12 students — including our students here in the Show-Me State— aren’t arriving to college prepared for university-level math and science classes.

According to the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) plays a significant part in our [Missouri’s] ability to effectively compete in this new age. This is why investing in STEM education at all levels from early childhood to postsecondary education, specifically targeting advancement in student engagement and preparedness is paramount for having a high-skilled workforce ready to compete and thrive in the 21st century global economy.”

And the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) has devoted an entire webpage to sharing information about the STEM Crisis and why it’s imperative for the nation, and for our students, that they receive quality STEM education in schools. Timothy Huneycutt, a representative of NMSI says, “The STEM crisis is a very real issue, and it is of paramount importance that we solve it.” (Source)

If you’re like many parents, you hope that your child is successful in school and in life. Your son’s or daughter’s foundational learning in STEM studies are incredibly important, especially if he or she might someday want to pursue a STEM-related college degree or career path.

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