Inspiring tomorrow's innovators.
Among the fastest growing careers are those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Our challenge: Less than 40% of Alaska youth meet mathematics standards in the 3rd grade; by the 10th grade, that drops to less than 20%. In 2015, more than 30% of 4th graders were below proficient in science, and 38% of 10th graders were below proficient.
We must do a better job of preparing students to succeed in a global, technologically advanced economy by ensuring they have access to rigorous, relevant, and engaging STEM instruction and experiences. That’s where you come in.
Why volunteer as a STEM mentor?
60% of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce.
Employment in science and math occupations is growing 70% faster than the overall growth of occupations.
80% of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.
What is a STEM mentor?
STEM mentors are organizations and individuals who provide students with real-world understanding of STEM careers. They:
Meet with students at least one time outside of school for 1-3 hours.
Explain the benefits of a challenging STEM education.
Share their own stories about their STEM career pathways.
Provide current, practical applications to in-school and out-of-school curriculum.
Interested in mentoring? Contact us!