In the Fall of 2014 St. Paul Preparatory School will launch its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program. Students will focus on four years of core course studies in science, mathematics, and technology that incorporate the principles of engineering. Accompanying the launch of the STEM Program is St. Paul Prep’s new STEM Classroom along with a Web Lab and Dry Lab. The new program couldn’t have started at a better time. With STEM jobs projected to increase substantially in the coming years, as well as the increasing needs in technology and medicine for fresh faces and idea even President Obama has made STEM education a top priority in the United States.
At the Announcement of the “Change the Equation” Initiative back in 2010 President Obama stated “… Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” He’s statement could not be more true. According to the U.S. Department of Education only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Yet the need for jobs in the STEM field from 2010 to 2020 is staggering.
- 16% increase in Mathematics
- 22% increase in Computer System Analyst
- 32% increase in System Software Developer
- 36% increase in Medical Scientist
- 62% increase in Biomedical Engineers
Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education
This is why President Obama has set a clear priority for STEM education. That priority is that American students must move to the “top of the pack” in Science and Math. He urged schools to hire 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the next 10 years.
St. Paul Prep is at the forefront of STEM education; doing what many high schools have yet to do, making STEM a priority before seeking a higher education. By having a STEM emphasis in the curriculum St. Paul Prep students are able to learn and develop vital analytical problem solving, informed decision-making, and critical thinking skills. This also gives students the chance to see if a STEM related career field would interest them, before applying for colleges.
The St. Paul Preparatory School’s STEM Program recognizes those students who have dedicated themselves to this rigorous course of study. By pursuing the SPP STEM option, these students have shown their interest in a mastery of the skills in critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration that will make them a valuable part of the 21st century workforce.
To learn more about the St. Paul Prep STEM Program click here.
For more information on President Obama’s STEM education initiative click here.