A couple posts back, Spark News published an article discussing the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in elementary school as well as for young adults in college. Many experts were concerned that the lack of interest or participation in STEM courses in college as well as decreased emphasis on the subjects in elementary school would negatively effect our country’s future development.
A study conducted by MIT found that the interest young adult’s have in STEM related fields was dwindling. This can prove to be a large disservice to our country seeing as though these are necessary disciplines for creating new technology and overall advancements. I recently came across an infographic published by Microsoft on Visual.ly that discusses the same issues, only in graphics. The infographic points out that there will be 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related occupations by the year 2018. Unfortunately, though, if the trend of dwindling interest in these fields continues, there will be a shortage of qualified college graduates to fill them. It is their opinion, as well as mine and experts with this knowledge, that in order to combat this shortage, we need to do a better job of engaging students in these topics and encouraging them to take an interest in STEM education.
Take a look at their infographic below and see for yourself how important STEM education is at the lower levels and how we can motivate them to take more interest in the fields.