Infographic: The STEM Challenge

We asked a lot of questions on our drive around the US about how we're enabling the next generation of innovation, the new engineering classes.

We found many STEM challenges but a lot of inspiration, from Don Morgan — a one-man Army of inspiration in the Georgia public school system — to engineer Christina Richards in Texas to Rene Scully and Joy Franco in San Jose, Calif.

The infographic below shows the STEM battle has been long fought and is far from over:

This article was originally published on EBN's sister publication Drive for Innovation.

12 comments on “Infographic: The STEM Challenge

  1. _hm
    February 15, 2014

    I would like to add like following. Parent also plays very important role for inculcating values and education in child. For this to happen, society in general is responsible to give them descent work and salary. Once society is properly balanced and parent earns good money to take care of child, they may be able to help achieve goal of STEM.

    All family income must be much above poverty line.



  2. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    February 15, 2014

    Our industry can do a lot to promote STEM… We need to get kids excited about these subjects earlier. We need to help them be aware of all the cool possibilities for employment later. My brother in law is a rocket scientist (yes, really) and he often does programs for  younger kids–five, or eight or ten year olds–where they make rockets and paper airplanes and talk about all the ways that science can  help you keep stuff up in the air. It's basic stuff…but it gets them pointed in that direction.

  3. _hm
    February 15, 2014

    @Hailey: Generally speaking, my exprience is that:

    – parent with too much money may not be that worry about higher education. May be higer education is not the best way to get more money.

    – Parent below poverty line struggle to find time and money to send child for higer education. They are busy to resolve daily problems.

    – However, middle class parents looks more fortunate. They have little money and more time to spend for kid's higer education.

    Also, this looks cyclic in nature from one generation to another.


  4. Adeniji Kayode
    February 15, 2014

    @_HM Good point, but can this be possible for a large percentage of parents?

  5. Adeniji Kayode
    February 15, 2014

    @ Hailey, I consider what your brother is doing as something amazing, -explaining something that seems so complex and breaks it down for the generation next to understand.

  6. _hm
    February 16, 2014


    I have also learned that in most culture there is adage for this.

    Yes, I have observed this very closely. This is true as per 80/20 rule.


  7. ahdand
    February 17, 2014

    @Jacob: Why do you feel the cash flow is secondary? I feel that cash flow resource is a mist since that can make a huge difference. Business processes depend heavily on the cash flow

  8. Daniel
    February 17, 2014

    “Why do you feel the cash flow is secondary? I feel that cash flow resource is a mist since that can make a huge difference. Business processes depend heavily on the cash flow”

    Nimantha, I feel academic-industrial collaborations are more important than cash flow. Sharing the knowledge and resource are important than funding.

  9. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    February 19, 2014

    @_HM, your perspective is interesting. I think there are big cultural differences (in addition to economic) and also geographic (in that in some places schools are more or less available). I have a daughter going to college next year–and she hopes to study medicine. It's been a daunting process to figure out where the money is: grants, scholarships, work study, etc. You are absolutely right that getting kids educated takes a signifigant investment in time and attention from the parents. I've never filled out so many forms in my life!

  10. _hm
    February 20, 2014

    @Hailey: Finance for medicine is much facsile as compare to other branches like engineering and others. Best way is to borrow it from bank with backup insurance.

    Once she finishes study – paying back loan money is easy – reason, they earn so much more.

    Best wishes to your daughter to become wonderful doctor and serve people.


  11. Mchipguru
    February 25, 2014

    IEEE USA has a group that supports STEM with projects, people, and limited funding.

    There are resources all across the country available for the asking. I personally have created clubs at middle schools and done programs aligned to the curriculum frameworks. One project was integrating low cost / no cost engineering in the classroom to fit in with subjects being mandated. The idea is to make the subject come alive for the students while covering all the details, without overwelming the teacher. If a teacher asks we try to help.

  12. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    February 26, 2014

    @mchipguru, thanks for the links. I think these types of efforts are critical to our success. I'm in California and school budgets are tight so “Low cost, no cost” goes a long way. More importantly, it sems like middle school is where some kids, especially girls, start to lose steam around STEM. I'm all for anything that keeps the excitement alive.

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