In the United States, science, technology, engineering and math fields are projected to grow by 18 percent by next year; this is twice as fast as other fields, which are only projected to grow by nine percent in the same timeframe. However, by 2018, it is estimated that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. What can we do to encourage more young people to pursue careers in STEM? Research shows that early education plays a key role – in fact, data reveals that 78 percent of college students in STEM majors wanted to study STEM in high school or earlier and 21 percent decided in middle school or earlier.
That’s why we’re so excited about the Girl Scouts’ new initiative to encourage STEM learning from an early age. The organization recently introduced 23 new STEM badges, including robotics, coding and racecar design. What’s more, the new CEO Sylvia Acevedo has been a vocal STEM education advocate. “There’s no way that we’re going to close [the gender gap in STEM] in the United States without tapping into the great resources of girls and young women,” Acevedo explained in a recent CNBC interview. We’re glad to see the Girl Scouts underscoring the importance of STEM education.
Misha Malyshev and the rest of the Teza Technologies team are working to inspire children of all ages to pursue careers in STEM education through the support of organizations like After-School All-Stars.