The US is facing a crisis in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workforce training pipeline. STEM job positions are growing by 17%, compared to non-STEM jobs, which are growing at a rate of 9.8%. The National Center of Education Statistics reports that of the 32% of adults who earn a Bachelor’s degree, only 29% will earn a degree in STEM. As a country, we are not producing enough STEM workers to take advantage of the growth in STEM jobs. Lack of content competency and low interest in STEM are drivers of this workforce gap.
US students are routinely outperformed by their international peers – we rank 20th in the world in science literacy. The Business Higher Education Foundation determined that by the time students reach high school, 83% report lacking proficiency and/or interest in STEM. This means that we must look back further to elementary and middle school to address STEM challenges.
Our vision is to inspire students, ignite interest, and improve STEM competency with the goal of filling the workforce pipeline with talented, competent individuals. We are able to harness selectively chosen and trained real scientists with advanced STEM degrees, to deliver during school, state and national frameworks aligned hands-on lab based lessons, in a collaborative program that is cost effective, scalable and has shown measurable impact. In addition, because our program takes place during school hours and the teachers work elbow-to-elbow alongside our scientists to select and deliver the sequence of lessons for their classrooms, we provide an “embedded” Professional Development program to help our partner teachers with limited science backgrounds feel more prepared and confident to teach high-quality, hands-on science lessons to their students.
Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We send real, charismatic scientists into classrooms during school, every other week during the school day throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth is competitive globally in STEM.