Why is STEM education important?

    1. STEM education prepares students to become the next generation of innovators who are needed to solve the world's toughest problems.  "All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow" (US Dept. of Ed.)
    2. Our nation's future economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in STEM fields.   In the United States, there is a significant shortage of qualified STEM workers and professionals.  Nationally, for every one person seeking employment there are 2 STEM jobs available whereas for every 1 non-STEM job there are 4 people competing for it.  
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    Source:  ChangetheEquation.org/STEMdemand 
    In Utah, between the years 2014 and 2024, the demand for STEM jobs is predicted to increase by 26% whereas the demand for non STEM jobs will increase by 19%.  Nationally, the demand for all occupations will increase by 14% whereas the demand for STEM jobs will increase anywhere from 16% in mathematics to 62% in Biomedical Engineering!  
    STEM Job Growth
    Source:  US Dept. of Education ed.gov/stem

     The Utah STEM Action Center

    In 2013, the Utah State Legislature created the STEM Action Center to promote best practices in science, technology, engineering and math education to ensure Utah’s long-term economic prosperity.

    The three year strategic plan, 2017-2020, outlines the STEM Action's Center mission and its programs. Click here to download a copy.

    The National STEM Education Coalition tracks progress toward STEM goals including state by state reports. Click here for Utah's Vital Signs.

     Links to Other Davis School District STEM Related Sites:


    Teachers:  For ideas, suggested websites, teacher tools, and more, see the STEM resources page.

Last Modified on December 6, 2017