INSGC - Indiana Space Grant Consortium Why STEM?

You may not often think about this, but Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers are essential to everyday life. Imagine your life without computers, cars, airplanes, telephones, music players, or all the other technological luxuries we are so accustomed to! We all enjoy these luxuries, but a lot of people do not consider pursuing a STEM career.

  • Why study STEM? As technology advances, the need for skilled workers in all STEM fields will increase as well. To keep the United States in competition with other global competitors, we need students to engage in STEM areas in school, in college and later in the workforce. That's where you come in!

  • Why is STEM important? “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation) STEM teaches critical thinking and this is beneficial for all careers!

  • What can you do? Whether you’re a student, counselor, educator, or parent, you can get involved in spreading the STEM knowledge. If you’re a student, advocate for more STEM class options and clubs. Counselors, utilize information from the web that you find and pass it on to your advised students. Parents, show excitement in the home for STEM fields and motivate your children to do well in their classes.

  • What can we do? This website section will serve as a gateway for students, teachers, and parents to learn about the importance and prevalence of STEM fields. This work in progress web section will eventually hold information on STEM careers, activities for the classroom and home, resources for women and minorities in STEM, and much more.

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Here's a link to the STEM Mainpage, where you can find the resources above!