Start of STEMpact

Growing STEM Demand

In 2020, there will not be enough qualified candidates to fill 1.2 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs.

Facing a serious shortfall in the local STEM  talent pipeline, a dialogue began in 2010 to address the need to develop future STEM talent in the St. Louis region. Those conversations led to the formation of STEMpact, a unique collaboration between leading local employers, foundations, institutions and academia. Recognizing that money alone couldn’t solve the problem, these companies decided on a new novel approach — investing in professional development to bolster educators in St. Louis area schools.

Effective July 2016, STEMpact officially became a Washington University program managed by the Institute for School Partnership. Founded on the belief that all students must have access to ongoing, high-quality STEM education, STEMpact is focused on one goal – combining the resources and human capital of its members to help STEM education thrive in the St. Louis region. 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.

STEMpact’s formula for success is simple and unique. We’ve identified teachers as the critical link that can increase the amount of STEM education our students are exposed to.

- Deborah Holmes, STEMpact project manager/facilitator

A Missing Link in STEM Education

STEMpact identified a missing link in STEM education.

  • Students don’t have access to consistent high-quality STEM learning opportunities to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.
  • Students determine early on whether they are good at math and science.
  • Students, in many areas, are not exposed or encouraged to explore STEM careers.
  • Educators need to be empowered to integrate STEM content and strategies into their classrooms.

A Different Approach

Traditional STEM programs offer one-time professional development classes, STEM camps or after school programs. STEMpact offers a different approach.

  • STEMpact teaches educators how to integrate STEM curriculum into everyday teaching methods in their classrooms
  • STEMpact facilitators work with teachers throughout the school year
  • STEMpact initiatives include exposure to the real-world applications of STEM skills from the region’s leading employers
  • STEMpact gives students early and continual exposure to STEM
  • STEMpact is one of the only long-term programs in existence that is influencing systematic change