STEM IS THE FUTURE
STEM-related industries are the fastest growing and the highest paying.
STEM industries include traditional computer, math, engineering, and science jobs, but there are many more. STEM-related industries include manufacturing, aviation, health services, professional and technical services, and so many more.
The Eastern Oregon labor market is changing. STEM-related critical thinking skills provide job security, increased opportunity, higher wages (example below), and open doors within the new environment.
Average Annual Household Earnings*
All occupations: $46,237
STEM-related occupations: $67,013
*in the GO STEM footprint; from OED data
KEY FEATURES OF STEM LEARNING
1. Real-world applications
2. Problem solving and critical thinking
3. Integration of content
STEM Education is an approach to teaching and lifelong learning that emphasizes the natural interconnectedness of the four separate STEM disciplines. The common element of problem solving is emphasized across all STEM disciplines allowing students to discover, explore, and apply critical thinking skills as they learn.
CTE courses, science fairs, or robotics are all examples of STEM. GO STEM seeks to add rigor and expand on these activities by bringing real-world applications to core classes, supporting cross-disciplinary teaching, supporting after school clubs, and increasing interactions between STEM and the community.
What GO STEM is Doing
In the current biennium (2017-2019), GO STEM provided eastern Oregon:
1600+ hours of educator training
3,723 hours of out-of-school student activities
80+ pieces of technology/equipment for classroom use
STEM Student Leadership training to 21 CSOs in 6 counties