Why (And How) To Improve STEM Education In The U.S.

Pete Conrad was a pretty awesome guy. That’s why the handy infographic below uses him as an example of why more students should be studying STEM subjects. Among other things, he was the third man to walk on the moon, and he commanded the first manned Skylab mission and received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor. 

Encouraging students to study STEM subjects may be helped by pointing out some of the awesome folks who have done cool stuff because of their STEM backgrounds. Would more pioneers emerge? Would more innovations be made? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

We Need More STEM

  • The US ranks 31st  in Science and 23rd in Math for PISA scores
  • Many math and science teachers in US secondary schools teach subjects that they didn’t even major or minor in
  • 67% of physics students are taught by a non- major/minor teacher
  • 61% of chemistry students are taught by a non- major/minor teacher
  • 45% of biology students are taught by a non- major/minor teacher
  • 31% of math students are taught by a non- major/minor teacher
  • There are currently about 100 STEM focused secondary schools in the US
  • These serve about 47,000 students
  • President Obama calls for recruiting 100,000 new STEM teachers

What To Do?

  • Experiment with high quality rich media products in the classroom
  • Replace lectures with hands -on exercises
  • Rethink the science fair