The Importance of STEM Education
Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are growing more rapidly than other careers. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, since 2008 STEM careers have grown at a rate of 17%, while other careers have grown at a rate of 9.8%. With the number of STEM careers expected to continue to rise, it’s essential that we all support and promote STEM education.
The results of STEM education are everywhere. From the engineered highway you drove in on today, to the high-tech building you’re sitting in, to the device in your pocket that can access the entirety of human knowledge, people working in STEM careers have literally changed how we live our lives. And as time goes on and technology advances, even more jobs in STEM will be created.
The importance of STEM education cannot be overstated. STEM develops students’ minds, their critical thinking skills, and improves their hands-on abilities. Unfortunately, American students aren’t doing as well as their foreign peers in the areas of math and science, further proving that we have to do more to encourage and support students who show an interest in STEM. It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we’re doing all we can to encourage students’ continued interest and success in STEM, in and out of the classroom.
IES is proud to support several educational institutions and organizations that value and provide quality STEM education. STEM has been an integral part of our lives and has gotten us where we are today!