Take this short quiz and find out:
1. Do you know what the acronym STEM stands for?
2. Do you use technology in your day-to-day life?
3. Do you have children who you’d like to have move out of your home one day (with gainful employment)?
4. Do you pay state taxes?
5. Do you know or work with anyone in the following fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, economics or finance?
6. Do you know someone who has moved away for a job related to STEM (assuming you answered No. 1 and/or 5 with a “yes”)?
7. Did you know that the U.S. is not the leader in math and science test scores?
8. Did you know that, according to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17 percent, while other occupations are growing at 9.8 percent?
If you an answered “yes” to any of these questions, STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, should be important to you. In fact, if you answered any of these questions, it means you were interested enough to read some of this, which also means STEM should be important to you.
So, educate yourself. Learn how to engage in and promote learning activities for K-12 students and adult learners. Advocate for programming in our schools. If you are in the STEM field already (like many of us), be a mentor and a teacher to others. If you are involved in programs already, branch out. Include the arts (STEAM). STEM education benefits us all. It helps bridge the ethnic and gender gap and positions our economy for the future — which is something we all should care about.