Current STEM Research
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Policy leaders agree that America’s future jobs, global competitiveness, even national security will suffer if something isn’t done to improve and encourage elementary, middle and high school education in these areas.
1. Into the 21st century, American students lag in mathematics performance behind most of Europe, Japan and South Korea. Math deficits across the board must be addressed.
2. Out of ten specific occupations predicted to be the fastest growing in Wisconsin, eight require STEM skills or knowledge and six require a post-secondary degree.
4. If Wisconsin wants to create and retain a talented, high-wage workforce, it must develop pathway programs that encourage high school students to pursue STEM degrees. The decline in mathematics is particularly troubling.