The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a report on how states can improve STEM learning through revised standards, special diplomas and promotion of partnerships. This is a critical element for the future of our state and nation as suggested by the following indicators:
- Rural students make up approximately one-fifth of all students, yet tend to receive less access to STEM courses.
- STEM jobs represent 6.2 percent of U.S. employment in 2015.
- STEM jobs show above average growth.
- Wages are above the national average in 93 percent of STEM occupations.
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council was highlighted in the report as a state that is involving community leaders in STEM efforts and partnering with businesses, higher education and other stakeholders to produce the best results. An emphasis was made on the Iowa STEM Council’s structure of advisory boards and support from legislators, businesses and educators.
The Iowa STEM Council offers several programs and opportunities for students, educators, parents, businesses, industries and communities to get involved in STEM programming. For more information about how to get involved in Iowa STEM programs, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov.