Foundation Need Statement
There is an urgent and pervasive need for increased human pipeline in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in post-secondary education and technical careers.
As described in the National Academies Reports, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" (2005) and "Rising Above the Gathering Storm Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5" (2010) the United States is facing a crisis. Throughout the twentieth century, our prosperity as a global superpower was hugely reliant on our thriving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) industries. Now, we're in a new era, and fewer and fewer students are pursuing futures in STEM.
How can the US be better prepared to prosper and compete in the twenty ﬁrst century? The answer is simple: We must engage our young people with STEM at school. We want to see materials science taught at high schools. We want high school teachers to be better equipped to inspire their students. We want to see students' passions for STEM beginning at an even earlier age. Read more….