Monday, April 1, 2013
What Will it Take: Plugging the Leaky STEM Pipeline
While all students are exposed to basic STEM information at school, students are lost at every stage of the pathway from education to career -- the STEM education pipeline is leaky. The national Office of Science and Technology Policy found that only 35.1% of all students involved in STEM learning in the 2003-2004 school year had earned a STEM degree by 2009, and only 5.7% were still pursuing STEM education. These statistics are even more startling for low-income students, minorities and women. Women account for only 25% of all STEM employees, and more than 70% of STEM workers are white.
Building upon last year’s “Growing Science” roundtable, this discussion will bring together specialists in the fields of education, out-of-school time learning, science, and workforce development to share the latest research and ideas for plugging the leaky STEM pipeline. From 6:00-6:30 p.m., children and youth from Cambridge schools and out-of-school time programs will present some examples of their science work. At 6:30 p.m., a facilitated community conversation will explore how we can collaborate to inspire the next generation of young scientists.