In 2001 Judith Ramaley, the Assistant Director of Education & Family Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF) coined the term STEM to describe curriculum that is focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. Since then this type of curriculum has been used around the world but in the U.S. students have continued to be lagging academically in STEM achievements.\\
Today, high school graduates are some of the first to finish an entirely STEM-focused education from K-12. While 86% of these high school grads are planning to pursue a career in STEM and 75% of college grads in 2018 had majored in STEM-related fields there are still not enough workers in the area. 2.4 million positions in STEM-related jobs went unfilled in 2018 as STEM currently houses 8 of the 10 fastest-growing jobs. Technology will continue to grow and the need for workers who can learn these skills, adapt and solve problems will also need to increase. Read on to find out more about the rise and need for STEM in schools.
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