A report from STEMconnector titled “State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce” includes input from the ISS National Lab Education Manager Dan Barstow. The report provides an overview of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) ecosystem; the organizations and systems involved; and the forces that influence it. The report also highlights critical gaps in the STEM workforce and recommendations for how to work toward closing the gaps.
STEMconnector is a commercial services firm focused on “increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool.” To develop the report, STEMconnector gathered perspectives from more than 100 individuals across the U.S. involved in STEM—from nonprofit organizations, academia, corporations, foundations, and other institutions. The firm also conducted a literature review across STEM and related fields and reviewed quantitative data from sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics.
The report quotes Barstow as saying, “In the era of Google, we don’t need people who can memorize, we need people who can think.”
For more information about STEMconnector and to download a copy of the report, go to https://www.stemconnector.com/state-stem-report/.
To learn how the Space Station Explorers Consortium, a growing community of the ISS National Lab partner organizations, is working to leverage the unique platform of the International Space Station to provide valuable STEM educational experiences to inspire the next generation, go to www.spacestationexplorers.org.