Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential for navigating the modern world and competing in the 21st-century job market. But there is concern about how students in the United States are doing in these subjects compared to other nations and what this means for successful participation in a globalized economy. We must ensure that our kids have the skills they need to successfully access available opportunities.

There are many efforts attempting to address this situation through school reform, but students spend less than 20% of their waking hours in a classroom. We need an “all hands on deck” approach to meet the challenge. Afterschool programs are part of the solution and must be essential partners in STEM education.

By offering hands-on, project-based learning that makes the STEM fields come alive for youth, before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs all over the country are:

  • Inspiring and engaging kids in these fields

  • Building necessary skills and proficiency

  • Inspiring them to pursue majors and careers in STEM fields

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U.S. STEM Jobs will require some college or better by 2018
20
Students spend less than their waking hours in a classroom
5000
Number of STEM-related jobs Georgia will need to fill by 2018
58
In GA, will require some postsecondary training beyond high school in 2018

STEM Occupations 2018

Some college/ Associate’s degree

Bachelor’s degree

Master’s degree or better

Not All STEM-Related Jobs Require Higher Education De-grees — but it Helps: Many STEM-related jobs in Georgia may not require higher education degrees, although about 68% of STEM occupations are projected to require a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2018.

Thousands of Georgia jobs related to STEM talents will be related to technical skills, including services. And, once involved inSTEM-related occupations, many Georgia workers will be able to“upskill” their talents thanks to employer-sponsored, community college based and/or other innovative training programs across awide spectrum of skills and disciplines.

STEM education in your state
America After 3PM: Summer Report
GA K-12 STEM Report Card
Lynn D. Dierking