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Mar, 2015

The Power of STEM

Mar, 2015 | By |

According to the National Math & Science Initiative, only 44 percent of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math. Additionally, only 36 percent of 2013 U.S. high school students are ready for college-level science. The statistics don’t stop there.  It should also be noted that: 

  • ¹In 2007, about one third of public middle school science teachers either did not major in the subject in college and/or are not certified to teach it.
  • 36 percent of public middle school math teachers in 2007 either did not major in the subject in college and/or are not certified to teach it.
  • In 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in science and engineering fields, compared with 61 percent in Japan and 51 percent in China.
  • Of the 15 Major Study categories, engineering has the highest median earnings, yet less than 20% of students choose a STEM path.

By 2018, 92 percent of traditional STEM jobs will be for those with at least some post-secondary education and training. If used wisely, these statistics can effectively shape how educational institutions and partners create an effective pipeline for transitioning students from college to career readiness that meets the demand of the marketplace.We are happy to announce that next month, we will formally announce a joint effort with Microsoft at our “Power of Stem” event on April 30. 2015 at the Microsoft Store at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, GA.  

Together, we will officially launch our efforts to expose and/or train a group of 1,000 students to the world of coding and other STEM related fields. But, it doesn’t stop there! In seeing the bigger picture, our plan is to work with other major corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and more in order to expose and train thousands more! Through the guidance of Microsoft programs like Project Spark for those interested in developing gaming experiences and TouchDevelop.com which addresses the development of mobile applications, students will receive instruction on some of the most in demand skills in technology. Technology continues to shape our lives, both personally and professionally. It is absolutely necessary for educational organizations to embrace and broaden technology-driven learning opportunities for students. We hope that you share this vision of moving our students ahead in the areas of STEM achievement.  Gifted is proud to partner with Microsoft in the effort to open the doors of possibilities in the tech space for students. 

You can help us in this effort by:

1) Following us on Twitter: @GiftedStudents.

2) Liking us on Facebook: Gifted Foundation.

3) Introducing us to corporate and community leaders who believe in supporting low-income students via education and career development!

4) Donate your time and investing financially with Gifted. Every donation – of $25, $100, $200 or more will help us to inspire and develop more students to achieve their dreams.

¹https://www.nms.org/AboutNMSI/TheSTEMCrisis/STEMEducationStatistics.aspx