If you’re reading this, you probably understand the importance of STEM education and diversification in this increasingly critical and developing field. However, I believe that many of us don’t explain the full picture of why STEM is important.
STEM is too often described as an adjective, when it should in fact be regarded as a verb.
Equipping young people with STEM skills is key to their development as a critical thinkers and problem solvers. The ability to strategically approach, understand, and solve a problem are critical tools in performing well in a technical job. We challenge the Googles, Facebooks, and Twitters of the world to hire women and people of color to diversifying these professional STEM spaces. However, outside of being competitive for these technically demanding, high-paying jobs, we don’t discuss the opportunities, economic, professional, and personal, that exist for those with a strong STEM foundation.