Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.)
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. In fact, recent studies have shown that America's students are falling behind in STEM disciplines and are also far less interested in STEM than their international peers. This can be evidenced by a report entitled "Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future" that was issued in September, 2010 by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. This report cites the following facts:
* On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, less than one-third of U.S. eighth graders show proficiency in mathematics and science.
* Only about a third of bachelor's degrees earned in the United States are in a STEM field, compared with approximately 53 percent of first university degrees earned in China, and 63 percent of those earned in Japan.
* More than half of the science and engineering graduate students in U.S. universities are from outside the United States.
The good news is that efforts are underway to improve the state of STEM education in the United States. According to the Academic Competitiveness Council's (ACC) May 2007 report, in 2006 the federal government sponsored 105 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs at a dozen different Federal Agencies.
We, at Teach One Tech, are inspired to help our students grow by using innovation, creative learning, and understanding how to apply the skills learned in the classroom to prepare for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We believe in starting as early as possible to create meaningful STEM exposure and experiences to help our youth think STEM and use the tools created today responsibly. We invite you to join us on our journey in STEM education to help all students become highly adaptive in STEM.