STEM Statistics

According to a report by the website STEMconnector.org, by 2018, projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills — nearly 600,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be:

•Computing – 71 percent

•Traditional Engineering – 16 percent

•Physical sciences – 7 percent

•Life sciences – 4 percent.


THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM EDUCATION AT BEAUMONT

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STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

In 2009, the Obama administration announced the 2009 "Educate to Innovate" campaign to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM subjects. This campaign also addresses the inadequate number of teachers skilled to educate in these subjects. The goal is to get American students from the middle of the pack in science and math to the top of the pack in the international arena.

Here at Beaumont, we opened a $9.5 million, state-of-the-art STEM building in 2015, which houses eight new STEM classroom labs, four lab prep rooms, and other amenities.

The facility helps us teach young women and expands the access they have to technology as a tool to analyze and solve problems.

It gives them the hands-on tools they need to be successful.

All of this effort is to meet a need.

STEM AND IB

As Beaumont embraces the International Baccalaureate program in Fall 2017, known for its academic rigor and challenge, it’s important to note that this Is not a problem unique to the United States. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Academy of Engineering reports that the Brits will have to graduate 100,000 STEM majors every year until 2020 just to meet demand. According to the report, Germany has a shortage of 210,000 workers in the mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology disciplines.

STEM FOR THE FUTURE

BeauArtz students working on a project in a STEM addition classroom

BeauArtz students working on a project in a STEM addition classroom