Being raised in a very STEM-centric family, I began to realize the importance of STEM at an early age from spending time with my parents during school breaks. My mother is a professor of electrical engineering at Georgia Tech and my father is a civil engineer who works for Georgia Power. I played around with Scratch and small robots when I was very young, spending a lot of time at Georgia Tech. What we, humans, can create fascinates me. I
Women are Still a Minority in STEM Majors Today’s college students have the opportunity and freedom to choose their major and their career path. Many factors influence the decision of a college student’s career paths including background, general interests, personal strengths, time commitment, and job outlook. Although many important decisions are made in college, one of the most important is the choice of major and career track. Out of hundreds of majors the science and engineering fields are under-represented by women. Although the numbers of women in science technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM, majors has been increasing in the past years, women still are in the minority in the STEM fields. In her study, Lona Whitmarsh
Michael S. Teitelbaum argues in his report, “ The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage” that while it may be true that there is an increase in STEM jobs in the US, the fact is for the majority of STEM jobs the wages have been stagnant or declining, indicating that there is no demand for STEM graduates. Teitelbaum continues by stating that it is very simple to claim there is a shortage in STEM by hand-picking specialized fields in STEM that may currently have a shortage due to location and specific years, as a result of changing technology, But to state that all STEM related occupations are experiencing a shortage because a few specialized fields are experiencing a shortage is dangerous as it paints a false a narrative of reality to pursuers’ of STEM degrees. In addition when comparing the unemployment rate of occupations such as registered nurses, physicians, dentists, and lawyers to occupations in STEM, that proponents of STEM have valiantly claimed are experiencing a massive shortage, the unemployment for STEM occupations is staggering. With recent graduates suffering the most with unemployment rates in engineering and computer science above seven percent, as well as an unemployment rate hovering slightly below twelve percent for graduates in information systems ( Teitelbaum). Teitelbaum states that while it may be true that the US is consistently scoring in the middle in international assessments, they are still producing a third of all high-performing students in science and fourteen percent of high-performing students in math. In addition, he states he is not against the push for science and math, as he believes all high school students should be adept in both, but that there is “a big disconnect between this broad educational imperative and
In our ever evolving society we seem to be having a greater affinity to technical jobs and careers more integrated with our technology. It appears that we are heading into a world of Science, Technology , Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM. The STEM fields that are rapidly increasing relate to jobs that deal quite a bit with our newer technology and the creation and development of new and more efficient technologies. To compliment this increase in STEM careers, we need to focus our time, energy, and most of all capital on the lackluster STEM program in our school systems.
Reasons for less women taking Stem majors Abstract. This report navigates the current state of STEM demographic in the country. It examines the reasons why there are less females undertaking STEM majors and gives recommendations on the problems. A brief history on STEM is outlined and the discussion follows with in depth analysis on the subject. STEM is a very critical education discipline with an importance in the economy of the country. Much as it is important, few students choose a career path in STEM. Although, there are more than 50% female students in Colleges and Universities, 12% take STEM related course. Why is this? This report is a compilation of empirical data collected in journals on the same subject explaining
Science education has been a controversial topic among employers and schools for years. Employers are requesting more STEM graduates yet the schools are unable to keep up with the rising demand. Unemployment rates continue to go up while positions in the science, technology, and engineering fields have remained open and unfulfilled. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is vital to the position of the United States in the world standings in STEM research and design. Currently 3 of the 5 top positions in STEM research are held by Asian countries and sadly the United States doesn’t even fall in the top 10 for the list. There was once a time when the United States led the world in STEM research, but times have
I was born with a keen curiosity and I find it very difficult to stop wondering how things work, especially if it includes STEM. Born and raised in a poor family where opportunities were both rare and expensive, I struggled as much as I could to never stop being fascinated by nature, and in part, I have indeed been successful. In fact, I believe that this struggle helped me outrank everyone during my high school and help me achieve significant accomplishments, such as being finalist in my country’s largest software development competition. I came to the United States with hopes and dreams of further exploring my interests. Here at Southeastern, I have been enrolled in a dual major program in computer science and physics. Since it is extremely hard for my parents who are going to retire within this year to fund for my education, I have to rely on scholarship awards for the continuation of my education at Southeastern. Thus, I am hereby applying for the J.E. and Mattye Lou Martin Scholarship and if possible, Norman Higginbotham Scholarship. Let me demonstrate my passion regarding STEM with a few examples.
During President Obama’s speed regarding the need for getting students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), he stated that “American 5 year olds rank 21st in science and 25th in math compared to their peers around the world” (The White House, 2009). This is woefully behind the curve for American students and something that must be addressed in order to move forward and compete in the 21st century and beyond.
The Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 Report shows that the average annual income for those employed in a STEM occupation in 2012 was $82,160, nearly twice the average for all U.S. workers. This average income also grows faster than the average U.S. income, with an average annual growth rate of 2.4% compared to 1.8% (3-32). Furthermore, STEM occupations have lower unemployment rates than non-STEM disciplines. As David Langdon and others from the Economics and Statistics Administration indicate, by 2010, unemployment rates for STEM occupations evened out to 5.3% while non-STEM occupations saw a continued to rise to nearly 10% (5). STEM degrees are also applicable to many jobs not traditionally considered STEM. Over 65% of STEM graduates in non-STEM jobs state that their occupations do relate to their degree (“Science and Engineering Indicators 2014”, 3-17). This implies that a STEM degree opens many doors for students and does not limit them to traditional STEM
The world today is much different than it was fifty years ago, or even ten year ago. New advances in science and technology are continuing to revolutionize life. As a result of this rise of science and technology, there is a corresponding increase in demand of capable employees in these fields. This area, collectively known as STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, has seen a great increase in demand. One response to this increase in demand is early and more focused STEM education. This has led to the recent and increasingly large appearance of STEM focused high schools. With this recent push to better prepare the next generation of students to be high achieving in STEM and fill the projected demand, the number of STEM high schools has grown. Along with the current societal setting of a changing transition to adulthood, the questions of what are some measured outcomes of STEM high schools and how do STEM high schools affect the transition to adulthood arise.
STEM In the Technology Classroom (with an emphasis on Automotive studies) An inquisitive view upon the merit of Stem based pedagogy in the classroom and in curriculum context Paul Moralee EDU4CDD Latrobe University firstname.lastname@example.org Content Outline: Abstract Introduction Potential Curriculum development in STEM context STEM as Art STEM In the technology classroom The Automotive classroom Conclusion Appendix (career paths) Resources Abstract: An exciting new field is emerging within pedagogy
The United States has been one of the most innovative countries in the world. Lately, however, there has been controversy regarding the nations innovation compared to other countries. There have been claims that there is not enough science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors or graduates that can suffice the growing number of jobs. What do the STEM majors of the United States have to do with this? There has been a push for increasing STEM majors not only in the college system, but also in the high school level of education. A number of reports have argued that the US is not producing enough STEM graduates to fulfill the number of jobs available. Three reports released within months of each other, Innovate America, Tapping America’s Potential, and Rising Above the Gathering Storm, have been creating debates about whether or not the US education systems need to incorporate more STEM related topics and whether or not there is need to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The purpose behind these report is to raise awareness to the issue that if the US falls behind in STEM, the US will fall behind on innovation and will decrease the impact on our economy and national security. This has led to the United States Congress to conduct and release a report on the education system and how it handles the alleged STEM crisis. The report explains six area of concern including achievement gaps, foreign student enrollment, and teacher quality. None is more
One of our many goals we hope to achieve with this presentation is to show the STEM ideas. These are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Behind much of the US competitiveness and advancement in the world are the minds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers. The STEM field drives ambition in new advancements and helps maintain the US lead in innovation. Advancements in the STEM field bring higher standards of living and economic prosperity in the US. However, three influential reports, Innovate America, Tapping America’s Potential, and Rising Above the Gathering Storm, released within a five month period in 2005 warned about the potential of losing this lead and other risks, including threats to national security and a decreased standard of living for Americans. Concerns and alarms from these reports called attention to issues about US STEM labor supply, global STEM education attainment, teacher quality, international assessment rankings, academic achievement gaps, and foreign student enrollment. A big controversy addressed was the issue about science and engineering (S&E) occupation shortages and jobs in the STEM field. Proponents of this matter claim that there are job shortages in the STEM field, while critics argue that there is no such shortage. While both sides show very compelling sides, as of today, there is still no credible evidence backing up this alarm for job shortages in the STEM field.
What is STEM? Despite the growing push for STEM, it is not well understood; there is little consensus about what it is, how to integrate STEM into classroom instruction, and how STEM learning can be assessed (Brown et al., 2011; Huntley, 1998; Pitt, 2009). Stakeholders who are interested in promoting STEM are often confused by the construct. These stakeholders include government officials who are funding STEM initiatives, teachers who are expected to teach STEM, parents, businesses who need to invest in their future employment, and students (Breiner et al., 2012).