Congratulations to our prize winners who participated in our recent survey on the state of STEM education in the USA!
- iPad winner: Mike Weaver
- iPod winner: Rick Vaughn
- iTunes winners: Richard Hill, Tammy Wesson
The survey responses point to encouraging trends in STEM education:
45% of respondents expect their budget for STEM programs to increase.
This is great news! Despite challenging times for many states and districts, STEM education is growing. Only 25% responded that their budgets were shrinking. We know that any growth in this sector is only due to the hard work of those supporting and advocating for STEM – teachers, administrators, public officials, as well as student organizations, parents, mentors and volunteers. We salute all of you!
The fastest growing STEM education program is green technology.
Programs related to alternative energy, sustainability, wind, solar and other green economy topics are on the rise, when measured by definite plans to establish new curriculum. This is more good news! The shortage of skilled workers for the critical green economy is well-documented. Now more students will have the opportunity to develop skills and pursue rewarding, sustainable careers thanks to these new programs. We see this as an example of the education community stepping up to the challenge to provide in-demand skills for tomorrow’s world. We may have a ways to go, but we are on our way!
The most important criteria for selecting new equipment for STEM labs is quality of the equipment.
The quality of the lab equipment directly affects the sustainability of a STEM program. Poor quality equipment can undermine the vigorous efforts it takes to get STEM programs off the ground and engage students. High quality equipment can help keep programs thriving and effective. Our survey respondents reflected this fact by consistently rating quality as the most important factor when selecting equipment.
Thanks again to all who took our survey and congratulations to our winners!