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Advancing STEM Education With GIS

Advancing STEM Education With GIS

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Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a multidisciplinary approach to improving education, the work force, and national competitiveness. Geographic information system (GIS) technology can engage several critical elements in STEM curriculum and instruction. GIS allows STEM students to do exactly what STEM professionals do in thousands of career fields daily.
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a multidisciplinary approach to improving education, the work force, and national competitiveness. Geographic information system (GIS) technology can engage several critical elements in STEM curriculum and instruction. GIS allows STEM students to do exactly what STEM professionals do in thousands of career fields daily.

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AdvancingSTEM Educationwith GIS
August 2012
 
3Introduction
Advancing STEM Education with GIS
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educationis a multidisciplinary approach to improving education, the workorce, and national competitiveness. President Barack Obamanoted that “Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparingour students to compete in the twenty-rst century economy,and we need to recruit and train math and science teachers tosupport our nation’s students.” (White House Press Release,September 27, 2010).
Why is STEM important?
High-quality STEM education directly supports STEM-basedcareers and, collectively, a work orce that is more globallycompetitive.STEM educationrequires eective curriculumstandards, high-quality teacher preparation, and support or national policies and rameworks.Central to global competitiveness and economic development,STEM careers are at the oreront o innovation and are stable,lucrative, and rapidly growing. “Technological innovation accounted or almost hal o US economic growth over the past50 years, and almost all the 30 astest-growing occupations in thenext decade will require at least some background in STEM.”
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At all levels o educational attainment,STEM jobholders earn11 percent higher wages compared with their same-degreecounterparts in other jobs.
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Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times aster than non-STEM jobs. STEM jobs are expected to grow by17 percent during the 2008–2018 period versus 9.8 percentgrowth or non-STEM jobs.
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In 2010, the unemployment rate or STEM workers was 5.3percent; or all other occupations, it was 10 percent.STEM education is about robust and coherent STEM curriculumand experiences that are multidisciplinary, integrative problem-solving inquiries that oster critical and computationally driventhinking. It is about engaging students with real data in realproblems that are approached creatively and collaboratively,the way proessionals need to work. More broadly, theSTEMeducation initiativeis also about ensuring an adequate supply o highly qualied and eective STEM teachers.
Advancing STEM Education with GIS
Introduction
By Tom Baker, Esri Education Manager

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