The Need For STEM
The Greater Philadelphia region is a microcosm of the challenges facing STEM education in the United States. Too many young people are missing opportunities to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, creating a gaping hole in the ranks of the future workforce. The US Department of Commerce projects that STEM occupations will grow by 17% from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations, and states that, “STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the US win the future.”
Generating students’ interest in science at an early age is a critical component of building the future science workforce. Research shows that children’s positive attitudes toward science at age 10 significantly decline by age 14, and that 4-year college graduates who planned on a science career by 8th grade were 3.4 times as likely as their peers to earn a bachelor’s degree in physical science and engineering. The Franklin Institute is uniquely positioned to reach young people when their excitement for STEM learning is high to help them retain and deepen their interest in STEM learning and careers.
Everyone deserves opportunities to learn about science and technology. Click here to explore how The Franklin Institute works to provide this resource throughout our region, and the world.