STEM Education Continues to be Important

This week, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the important of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, especially as it relates to women and girls. Mrs. Obama’s speech regarding STEM occurred during the launch of the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative, which is a 10-year plan to provide more flexible work schedules to women and men in research careers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) spearheads the initiative.

The initiative provides practical work-life suggestions for those working in the research field, including allowing the postponement of of grants for childbirth or adoption. These suggestions would allow those in the field to continue their career in the research profession without it being extremely restrictive.

And while this promotion of flexibility is geared towards current STEM professionals, they also directly affect anyone considering studying in these fields. For example, a spouse is considering pursuing a STEM Ph.D., but the family also knows they’ll want to start a family, they can be reassured that time off will not affect any of their grants.

Another important factor in the talk regarding STEM education is ensuring there are enough students pursuing these careers. At CyberSynchs, we believe in ensuring STEM education is available to everyone and that potential students are aware of the benefits of working in the field. We’ve made a commitment to work with children as young as middle school to stress the important of STEM and the fun they can have by working in these fields.

Mashable, the online news site covering digital culture, social media and technology, featured an article on how to get more students interested in math, science and tech careers. The article features an infographic with some insightful statistics. For instance, 68% of female participants, from a survey highlighted in the article, said a teacher or class got them interested in science, math, engineering or technology. And 93% of parents believe the focus of STEM education should be a priority in the U.S., but less than half think it’s actually a focus.

It appears as though there are opportunities to ensure more students gain interest in STEM. Parents and teachers can continue to highlight the benefits of STEM education of students. And we can also put into place a national initiative focusing on students and STEM. In September of 2010, the White House announced the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative to improve STEM education. Public and private partnership initiatives such as this have the power to increase the availability of STEM education and increase student interest in the subjects.

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