What is often missing is the essential out of classroom resources and programs for teachers, administrators and students to change attitudes, behaviors and understanding of STEM2.
Many parents, educators, and business leaders believe that schools must do a better job of preparing tomorrow’s workforce. The U.S. is perceived to be far behind in math and science.
Parents’ awareness of and understanding about STEM2 is low throughout the region. It is at its lowest in rural areas.
Educators and business leaders identify key prerequisites for robust STEM2 education, the most important of which is making it engaging to students—collaborative, hands-on, problem-solving, and project-based.
Parents’ underlying attitudes about education and careers align with many STEM2 fundamentals.
Educators and business leaders are adamant in their opinions that STEM2 education is for all students.
The current language around STEM2 is not resonating with parents.
Business leaders believe that quality STEM2 education can help develop the next generation of collaborative problem-solvers as a way to close the regional workforce gap of skilled workers.
Most educators say that STEM2 education is becoming more of a priority, but there are differences by region. Rural areas represent the greatest opportunity for STEM2 education related careers in new industries.
Educators identify major obstacles to STEM2 education both inside and outside of school and the classroom.