Some exciting news here at Teach.com: Our American STEM Education Infographic has been featured in the June 2012 Media Planet supplement in the Washington Post! Media Planet is a publication that partners with newspapers, websites, advertisers, journalists, and celebrities to bring engaging, educational editorial content to a wide audience.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and represents a crucial area of education. STEM plays an important role in our economy, and to prepare today's students to become tomorrow's leaders, educators must ensure they have a solid foundation in STEM topics. Recent decades have seen a gradual decrease in student interest in pursuing STEM careers, an issue that can be partly addressed through creating dynamic and engaging curricula in the STEM fields.
This month's insert in the Washington Post discusses the current climate of STEM Education. It discusses the challenges posed to STEM industries by a recovering economy, as well as recent efforts to improve the performance of students and reignite their interest in STEM. The insert also addresses professional development for educators, and how teachers can learn about improving the quality of STEM education in the classroom.
Our Infographic chronicles the history of STEM education and reform in the United States since 1957, when the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sparked a national interest in science. It features statistics and data that offer an idea of how high school students rank and perform in STEM subjects, how many go on to pursue STEM-related careers, and how many federal dollars are invested into STEM Education reform. The numbers are startling, but they emphasize the importance of improving STEM teaching so that future generations of students enter the workforce prepared to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy. Check out Teach.com's American STEM Education Infographic, and be sure to pick up a copy of the Washington Post to see us in print!