Student STEM Guide, Statistics and Quotes

STEM was created to give US students an advantage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

What is STEM? 

STEM is a federally funded and guided program intended to increase the number of students going into careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is a national strategy that changes the way our schools teach and focus on these academic subjects. The Department of Education is doing this with the help of dozens of federal programs that have STEM as a priority.


STEM Statistics

The number of STEM careers is increasing, and we need qualified people to fill those jobs. The projected increase between 2010 and 2020 was 16% for mathematics, 22% for computer system analysts, 32% for systems software developers, 36% for medical scientists, and 62% for biomedical engineers.

According to the National Science Foundation, there was an improvement in 12th-grade mathematics scores across all racial and ethnic groups between 2005 and 2009. However, despite that improvement, the vast majority of students only have a basic level of math and science understanding rather than a proficient level. STEM programs aim to change this.


Inspirational Quotes Related to STEM  

Inspiring student to learn should be inspiring! Here are some of our favorite quotes:

“These young scientists and engineers teach us something beyond the specific topics that they’re exploring. They teach us how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is the way it is, and how we can make it better. And they remind us that there’s always something more to learn, and to try, and to discover, and to imagine -- and that it’s never too early, or too late to create or discover something new.”

  • Barack Obama

“I believe that fortitude is key. More than anything, be consistent. Go at it. Go at it. Go at it. When you succeed, don’t forget the responsibility of making someone else succeed with you.”

  • Antonia Novello, Former Surgeon General

"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."

  • Albert Einstein 

"It's a passport to the world. Engineering is that base qualification that can take you anywhere."

  • Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland and president of Engineers of Ireland

"Ask what do you want now, to free yourself from thinking about the limitations of the technology and let your imagination take you to what things do you want to have done, what problems do you want to solve."

  • Andra Keay, managing director, Silicon Valley Robotics

"Don't be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don't let others discourage you or tell you that you can't do it. In my day, I was told women didn't get into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn't." 

  • Gertrude B. Elion


Elementary School STEM Resources      

We Are Teachers offers a list of hands-on STEM activities to keep students interested at the end of the school year

iMagine Upstate has a list of STEM-focused blogs for parents, students, and teachers. If you want to know how everyone is incorporating STEM into home as well as school activities, this is a great resource to start with.

PBS Learning Media has a variety of videos and online learning experiences for young students to access online.

Middle School STEM Resources

GK-12 offers STEM activities, resources, and information for students as well as teachers.

NASA has a student section on their website if you would like to learn more about astronomy and the sciences.

Iowa State has some quick and affordable ideas for STEM activities for after-school programs and 4-H clubs.

High School STEM Resources     

Cornell offers an extensive list of resources for high school science projects covering a variety of sciences.

eGFI offers advice to high school students interested in a career in engineering.

The US Department of Energy has a lesson plan for high school students to build a floating oil rig to learn about ocean energy.

STEM for Girls  

Engineer Girl is a great website that offers girls the news and information they need to consider a career in engineering.

Illinois Valley Community College has an extensive guide to STEM activities with a special focus on girls.

The University of San Diego discusses how teachers can encourage girls in STEM.

STEM Resources for Parents     

Rasmussen College has several suggestions for parents and early childhood educators who want to get young children prepared to have an interest in STEM before they start school.

The Education Development Center has a list of resources for parents who would like to help their children with STEM subjects.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering also has a list of resources to help parents.

STEM Resources for Educators 

Oregon State University has a STEM curriculum and lesson plans for grades 4 through 12.

California State University Long Beach offers lesson plans as well as discussion for STEM in after-school program and summer enrichment activities.

Microsoft offers technology lessons plans free for teachers and anyone else who may be interested.

Norwich University has a guide to K-12 STEM resources for teachers.