A STEMM Education is Good for Business
Since its inception, the MAHCC has been a strong supporter of education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and management (STEMM). The MAHCC adds an additional 'M' to the acronym to emphasize business management, since this is a career where minorities are disproportionately underrpresented. STEMM is critical to our nation's security and it's the future of business. Unfortunately, our country isn't doing enough to promote STEMM careers even though, according to the Department of Education, STEMM jobs are growing at almost twice the rate of non-STEMM jobs.
At the same time, STEMM graduates are finding employment in non-STEMM jobs where they are out-earning non-STEMM graduates. Additionally, entrepreneurs who are STEMM graduates often find themselves starting or heading businesses in non-STEMM fields where they're finding their technical skills are giving them a competitive edge.
Our own graduates are taking a back seat to foreign graduates. According to the Brookings Institution, two-thirds of foreign students major in STEMM or business fields compared to 48% of U.S. students. As a result, foreign students who major in STEMM fields are working in STEMM occupations in the United States that are more lucrative and under-employed while our own citizens, graduates who are mostly in non-STEMM fields, hire into less lucrative jobs.
Clearly, a STEMM education provides our workforce of the future with more job choices and more lucrative employment opportunities. But the time to plant the seeds of a STEMM education are when our children are young.
To that end, the MAHCC actively supports and participates in the yearly USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo for youth. In 2016, over 350,000 young people are expected to converge on the Walter E Washington Convention Center for this free event.
Information on the 2016 Expo follows:
"The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular 'Nifty Fifty' science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15. More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances."
Learn more at:
LIST OF MID-ATLANTIC STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND RANKINGS:
The DE STEM Council was created to evaluate the state of STEM education in the state and to recommend ways to improve it. Learn more at: http://delawarestem.org/DE_Stem_Council
Learn more about Maryland's STEM education programs at: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/w/STEM.pdf
The Governor's STEM Academies were established to create options for students to gain literacy in STEM and other critical skills. Read more at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/gov_academies/
STEM initiatives are addressed at the state's Department of Education website at:
West Virginia's report on STEM education can be found at:
District of ColumbiaRead about the District of Columbia's STEM integration approach at:
STEM HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS:
In 2015, the U.S. and News Report ranked the top 500 high schools. From that, they rated the top 250 STEM schools. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, 22 high schools made it in the top STEM rankings: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings/stem
#79 Thomas S. Wootton High School, Montgomery County (ranked #101 nationally)
#82 Centennial High School, Howard County (#440 nationally)
#94 River Hill High School, Howard County (294 nationally)
#110 Walt Whitman High School, Montgomery County (#55 nationally)
#112 Marriotts Ridge High School, Howard County (#285 nationally)
#128 Winston Churchill High School, Montgomery County (#69 nationally)
#156 Montgomery Blair High School, Montgomery County, (#500 nationally)
#164 Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore County (#381 nationally)
#165 Hereford High School, Baltimore County, (#325 nationally)
#165 Richard Montgomery High School, Montgomery County (#193 nationally)
#197 Towson High School Law and Public Policy, Baltimore County (#446 nationally)
#206 Western Albemarle High, Albemarle County (#414 nationally)
#220 Dulaney High School, Baltimore County (#435 nationally)
#237 Col. Zadok Magruder High, Montgomery County (#466 nationally)
#90 Quaker Valley High School, Allegheny County (#477 nationally)
#133 Upper St. Clair High School (#400 nationally)
#207 New Hope-Solebury High School (#20 nationally)
#2 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County (#3 nationally)
#117 Langley High School, Fairfax County (#98 nationally)
#212 James Madison High School, Fairfax County (#177 nationally)
#235 McLean High School, Fairfax County (#135 nationally)
#246 W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax County (#111 nationally)