STEM education matters to security, innovation and leadership

STEM explorationAuthor Michele Nash-Hoff recently wrote in a piece for the Huffington Post: Over the last 230 years, the United States became a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Today, a little over four percent of the workforce is employed directly in science, engineering and technology. Yet, this small group of workers is critical to economic innovation and productivity.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are widely regarded as critical to be competitive in the global economy. A growing shortage of science-based talent in our workplaces and universities represents a serious problem for our nation. Expanding and developing the STEM workforce is a critical issue for government, industry leaders, and educators. However, comparatively few American students are pursuing educational majors in STEM career paths.

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