STEM Statistics

  • In an ongoing MIT study1, research shows that 34% of children become interested in their chosen career between the ages of 5-9.
  • High-quality elementary education in math and science provides critical support for future success and is the basis for children’s STEM aptitude in the future2.
  • Quality efforts in early childhood are key to building better STEM skills among children from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds3.
  • On the latest PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) assessment United States 15 year-olds ranked 24th in Mathematics  and 17th in Science out of 34 countries4.

1Weigel, Annalisa L., (2010). On Engineering Students, their Motivations, and their Job Aspirations: How Can We Grow and Retain the Next Generation of our Engineering Workforce?
 2Bowman, B., Donovan, M.S. & Burns, M.S. (2000). Eager to Learn: Educating our Preschoolers National Research Council, Washington: National Academy Press

3Vandell, D., Duncan, G. & Burchinal, M. (2010).  STEM Summit 2010: Early Childhood through Higher Education -The Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Experiences: What Does the Research Evidence Tell?
4Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2009) Programme for International Student Assessment Key Findings