STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a term used to group together these academic disciplines, typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools. Rather than teach these four disciplines as separate subjects, grouping them together under the heading STEM means schools take a more interdisciplinary approach, often integrating real-world applications into the teachings.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16% of high school students are interested in a career in STEM career. This skill gap has caused a lot of businesses to struggle to fill critical roles in STEM occupations, which in turn leads to sluggish growth. According to a report by STEMconnector.org up to 2.4 million STEM jobs go unfilled. As well as a skills gap there is also a gender gap with only 16% of women globally graduate college with STEM degrees.
As a result of these findings there have been many campaigns which aim to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM subjects and support stronger collaboration between the industry and schools.
Check out Onalytica's list of the top STEM influencers segmented by job role. Our founder and CEO Marija Butkovic was included under Top Entrepreneurs in STEM list. Check the full report here.