What is STEMpact?
How STEMpact Supports St. Louis Education
STEMpact is a collaborative network of St. Louis regional businesses, educators, universities, school districts, parents, community organizations and government officials. As our commitment to improving the breadth and caliber of St. Louis science, technology, engineering and math education, STEMpact will create and support STEM education initiatives for local teachers and students, and engage other stakeholders in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Our goal is to reverse the trend of inadequacy, and ensure that the quality of St. Louis science, technology, engineering and math education empowers students to graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to enter high-demand careers in STEM fields.
By increasing and improving STEM education in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region, we are confident that the next generations of industry leaders will come right from our own schools.
THE STATE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH IN THE U.S.
The United States is at a crossroads. Among developed nations who are our peers in science, technology, engineering and math, the United States currently ranks 25th in math and 17th in science.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released a report on U.S. employment in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, which stated that in 2010, 7.6 million people, or 5.5% of the labor force, worked in STEM occupations.
Growth in STEM jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs in the past decade, and STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade.
In 2010, 7.6 million Americans, or 5.5% of the U.S. labor force, worked in STEM occupations.
Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough qualified workers to fill the millions of science, technology, engineering and math jobs available now — or, at the current rate of STEM job growth, in the future.
The St. Louis Education Gap in Science and Other Stem Subjects
Even more worrisome are the local statistics. The St. Louis science industry is well-established, and the region has also long been known as a hub for research, manufacturing and finance.
However, if current trends continue, there will not be enough qualified Missourians or Illinoisans to fill these jobs.
The quality of St. Louis education, especially in science and other STEM-related fields, is in dire need of catching up.
If substantial improvement is going to occur, it will take the collective effort of a multitude of stakeholders in the region. We know that no single entity can create meaningful and sustainable improvement in St. Louis STEM education — we are all going to have to work together.
- Jeffrey Whitford
Global Citizenship Manager
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