Children & STEM Education: Why Should You Care?
  • According to the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, Americans’ basic STEM skills have modestly improved over the past two decades but continue to lag behind many other countries. Click here to read the NSF Report.

  • Recent data from a test commonly taken by college-bound high school students found that only 20% are ready for courses typically required for a STEM major.

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  • Even alarming is the US Department of Education’s claim that “only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.”

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  • More concerning is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Report showing that only 20 percent of Women received Engineering degrees in 2014 and has been stagnant for at least twenty years. Click here to read the NSF Report.

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STEM Education in elementary schools
  • In addition, only 35 percent of fourth graders in America are proficient readers and this rate does not improve with subsequent years. Click here to read the NY Times Article.

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  • Compounding this problem, elementary science texts are often written above the grade level of the students and are not compatible with the stages of the students’ brain development.

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  • A vast majority of children’s picture books, that are classified as STEM, contain information that is oversimplified and leaves out key scientific components.

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