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The New Generation of STEM Leaders

Aug 25, 2014

The field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is becoming increasingly important today. With the amount of foreign STEM professionals outnumbering those in the United States, it is vital that American youth are knowledgeable of the benefits and career opportunities that the STEM field allows. It is critical for our nation to possess a strong STEM workforce so that the U.S. can remain competitive in a global marketplace.

In a recent Wired article, Steve DeAngelis emphasizes how STEM education builds critical thinking and problem solving skills for students. He writes:

“STEM is about using math and science to solve real-world challenges and problems. This applied, project-based way of teaching and learning allows students to understand and appreciate the relevancy of their work to their own lives and the world around them. Once they grasp core concepts, students are able to choose a problem and use their own creativity and curiosity to research, design, test and improve a viable solution.”

The Army recognizes the importance of STEM education and seeks partnerships with outside organizations that share the common goal of encouraging a new generation of STEM leaders. The Army’s Strengthening America’s Youth (SAY) committee is a group of organizations whose primary mission is to support and advance the success of students and young people across the United States with an emphasis on STEM education. The Army collaborates with the SAY committee to seek partnerships and strategies that encourage youth to pursue STEM focused education and career paths.

The U.S. Army West Point Military Academy is also a prime example of the Army nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders. This past April, West Point opened a cyber-security institute which provides cadets with cyber and STEM educational practices, sheds light onto Army cyber issues and helps to develop the Army’s cyber career path.

With a lack of American students pursuing STEM careers, it is ever important that educators and the Army work together to encourage youth interest in STEM education. Through its partnerships and collaborations, the Army strives to nurture strong, smart and motivated American youth who will become future leaders in the STEM workforce and make our nation a “mover and shaker” in the STEM realm. 

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