Science and technology innovation drives the United States economy, according to many sources. To continue to be a world economic leader, we must increase the number of workers who are educated in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Science.
We have a long way to go.
The average fourth grader scored below Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan in science in 2007. The average eighth-grader performed worse than students in nine other countries, including England and Hungary. And 15-year-olds ranked below 20 other countries, including Estonia, Finland and Korea. The results are from a Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
By doing well in math and science and pursuing careers in those fields, students will help boost the U.S. economy – and that means a better life for everyone. Parents and educators can play a role by encouraging their students to embrace STEM learning.