K-12 STEM Education Helps Keep Our Economy Competitive:

Over the past 50 years, taxpayer investment technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education has directly produced more than half of the nation’s economic growth. Prominent economists agree that no other investment generates a greater long-term return to the economy than scientific R&D – and that starts with our educational systems. (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce publication; Help Wanted: Projections of the Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018. June 2010)


Don’t Forget Engineering! Introducing engineering concepts into K-12 education has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and math, increase awareness about what engineers do and to boost students’ technological literacy, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Engineering and the NAtional Research Council. (from STEM Connector at


STEM occupations are growing by 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. (“STEM: Good jobs now and for the future”; U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration; July 2011)


The U.S. Department of Labor has projected that by 2018 the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in STEM fields. (“Occupational employment projections to 2018;” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2009)


80% of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills. (“Why the Focus on STEM?”, The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council; 2011)



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