Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Lost STEM: Decline of Techno-innovation

There is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education gap in public schools developing, likely a response to, ‘saturation overload’ in media and technology, and a lack of diversity in STEM outreach. Students in American schools are slipping behind in STEM education, leaving our brightest minds unchallenged, or even worse, uninspired to create, develop or invent our nations next source of income, or better yet, our national pride.

We live in a time where technology is everywhere, and our economic wealth today, is partly because of our success at being an innovation-nation in technology and systems development. Since President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958 we have seen a great rise in access to education especially in STEM subjects for all United States Citizens. However, in the last two decades, there has been a downward trend in the number of students graduating with STEM degrees, as well as proficiency in STEM subjects for students in public schools. Similar to the drake equation which evaluates the possibilities of life in the universe; the reasons why STEM is loosing ground is the United States is an equally complex equation.

Read the original essay here:
The Lost STEM: Decline in Techno-innovation