What is STEM education?
STEM is a widely used acronym for the subject matters of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It was first called METS, and then changed to STEM by former director of the National Science Foundation, Judith A. Ramaley, in 2001. STEM learning is now one of the biggest education initiatives because of its implication on the global economy. Oklahoma is a STEM state with some of the fastest growing industries in the science, technology, and engineering sectors. In order to keep up with the demand, Oklahoma will need a highly educated, well trained, and motivated future STEM workforce to sustain its economy.
STEM Expanded Learning Opportunities for Oklahoma’s children and youth will help supply the STEM-skilled workers for tomorrow’s workforce and the future.
It has been researched and proven by the Afterschool Alliance that expanded learning opportunities in STEM help children and youth:
- Improve their attitudes toward STEM fields and careers
- Increase STEM capacities and skills
- Higher likelihood of graduating and pursuing a STEM career
OKAN Policy Briefs on STEM
Making the Case for Afterschool: STEM Education and Oklahoma’s Future Workforce
“Afterschool programs are a way to increase STEM subjects for Oklahoma students by offering extended learning opportunities that engage students in hands-on experiential settings.”
ROI: Economic Return on Investment in Afterschool
“Afterschool programs provide a high return on investment by lowering dropout rates, reducing crime, preventing teen pregnancies and preparing students to be high wage-earners in todays workforce.”