What is STEM?
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum was coined STEM in 2001 by Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s education and human-resources division. The STEM acronym is now widely used in reference to many programs that promote education in those disciplines. STEM itself is not an overarching program; rather, the term is used in reference to a collection of programs focused on STEM education.
Who is Involved with STEM?
Institutions of higher education, private industry, state and federal agencies, professional organizations, and local schools districts have made STEM an important focus for education policy and curriculum development.
Why has STEM become an Important Focus?
A thriving U.S. economy relies largely on the ‘homegrown’ innovation within STEM fields. However, recent studies and predictions of the future U.S. STEM workforce depicts a grim outlook. In 2005, the National Academies report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” was published. Within the report the Academy presents the realization that we may lose our lead in science and technology within the global economy, and they present recommendations such as “Increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 science and mathematics education.”
Crane and STEM
Crane and the DoD, as a whole, are within the group of federal agencies concerned with STEM efforts. Crane wants to ensure its future STEM workforce and support the growth of science and technology in the region. We will do that through K-12 involvement such as hosting teacher workshops and having scientists and engineers provide their knowledge and expertise within the classroom. For opportunities to get involved in our K-12 school efforts, contact the STEM coordinator listed below. Through volunteering, you can help students, educators, Crane, and the region.