Four out of five jobs in the US labor market require skills in science, technology and engineering but there is a growing gap between urban minority students who are qualified to fill these jobs and students in other populations. Expanding STEM education in minority communities is one key to helping young people rise out of poverty and fill the job gap.
“Over the last decade, there has been significant national interest in improving STEM employment & education,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “It’s clear that we need to focus our efforts on engaging the majority of the future labor pool-women, Latinos & African-Americans-in STEM.”
Nationally, high school girls are much less interested in pursuing engineering & technology than male peers.
In 2014, only 3% of high school females reported an interest in engineering, compared to 31% of males.
In 2014, just 2% of girls reported an interest in technology, while 15% of boys expressed an interest in the field.
On Advanced Placement (AP) tests, male students scored higher than females in all STEM subjects.
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Traditional public science education models are not the only solution to this problem. Research demonstrates that meaningful experiences in out-of-school-time settings, like those provided by Project Exploration, are directly correlated to better achievement in high school & college. Furthermore, the development of STEM Learning Ecosystems harnesses the contributions of cross-sector partners (schools, businesses, and higher education) towards a comprehensive vision for meaningful access to STEM learning.