STEM: From Classroom to Career
While STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) education remains a hot topic, much of that discussion is focused on the STEM skills today’s students need to graduate from high school today. Too infrequently do we discuss how STEM education today extends to college and career tomorrow.
It is no secret that STEM is a pathway to success for all learners, and not just those who aspire to become rocket scientists. The content knowledge and 21st century skills obtained through a high-quality STEM education are quickly becoming non-negotiables in the ever-evolving 21st century economy.
To help educators, parents, and students better understand the transition from STEM classes to careers, Destination Imagination, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), National Girls Collaborative, and the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) created the Research Consortium on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Career Pathways. Last year, this consortium surveyed students on their perceptions of STEM education, and the findings were quite revealing. The consortium is now seeking the help of STEM teachers across the country to participate in this year’s survey.
As part of this important discussion, NAPE is hosting a webinar focused on student perceptions of STEM and the implications and strategies for STEM in both the classroom and out-of-school programs. Senior officials from all organizations in the STEM consortium will participate in an important discussion of how equity efforts can strategically increase the STEM workforce and help students realize their full potential.
We hope you will join us on September 1st at 1:00 pm ET for this important webinar. You can register for the session here.
Sincere thanks to NAPE, STEM Equity Pipeline, and the National Science Foundation for hosting this important discussion. Based on work to date, it is certain to provide key insights into how to improve the quality and relevancy of STEM education, while better engaging students in this important field.
If you have any questions on last year’s consortium findings, how to participate in this year’s survey, register for the webinar or have a general question/comment, please email us!