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Dr. Jamie Bracey: Walking the STEM Talk

4 Nov

A lot of people talk about the need to broaden the funnel of youth who pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Fact is, the changing demographics make it an economic imperative.

Dr. Jamie Bracey, director of STEM Education, Outreach and Research at Temple University, walks the talk.

Jamie Bracey

Dr. Bracey leads Pennsylvania MESA, an initiative that is “designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.” She says the key to STEM success is OTL and MTP.

OTP

Dr. Bracey’s success in seeding the STEM pipeline is recognized in the September issue of Black Enterprise:

Pennsylvania MESA is equipping middle and high school students with the tools they need to compete in the global market.

Read more: Unlocking Innovation in Teens

STEM Everywhere

11 Jun

A new report by the Brookings Institution found that STEM is, well, everywhere. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

STEM is Everywhere

Some key findings:

  • Workers in STEM fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. And it’s not just jobs in the innovation economy. As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. The “hidden” STEM economy represents 20 percent of all jobs.
  • Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average.
  • Half of all STEM jobs are in manufacturing, health care, or construction industries.
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations constitute 12 percent of all STEM jobs, one of the largest occupational categories. Other blue-collar or technical jobs in fields such as construction and production also frequently demand STEM knowledge.

Read more: The Hidden STEM Economy

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