Edudemic

How STEM Can Save The World (Or At Least Help A Bit)

STEM is still a big deal these days. There’s still a push to get more students interested in STEM, and there’s still a lot of discussion happening around the ever-present ‘gender divide‘ in STEM subjects. The handy infographic below takes a look at the current STEM landscape in high school and higher education. Keep reading to learn more!

The Current STEM Landscape

  • Only 44% of 2013 high school graduates were prepared for college level math
  • 36% of 2013 high school graduates were prepared for college level science
  • Only 32% of 8th graders (in 2011) were proficient in science at the 8th grade level
  • 35% of 8th graders (in 2011) were proficient in math at the 8th grade level
  • Students who go through at least algebra II in high school are twice as likely to finish a four year degree
  • As of 2009, about 35% of people aged 25 and up had degrees in science or engineering
  • As of 2009, 87% of bachelors degrees in science or engineering belonged to men over the age of 25
  • Only 4% of US bachelors degrees are in engineering
  • 31% of bachelors degrees in China are in engineering
  • By 2018, 92% of STEM jobs will require postsecondary education
  • The number of research papers written by US scientists has dropped 11% in recent decades
  • The number of women with Bachelor’s degrees in computer science rose by 11% since the 90s

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