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The Crucial Need for STEM Education in the United States

Elite Academy of Science & Technology (EAST) serves its community by providing a challenging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum for high school students. EAST is the only Jewish high school in Brooklyn with a STEM focus. Additionally, the schools innovative Biomedical Sciences Program offers rigorous instruction that prepares students for careers in health care and the life sciences. The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University published a report in 2011 focusing on how the marketplace demand for employees with STEM qualifications exceeds available supply. The rise in real wages for those with STEM competencies can be seen across markets, thus demonstrating this demand and shortage. In addition, employers increasingly require STEM competencies, such as analytical and critical-thinking skills, to fill positions in non-STEM categories. By 2020, projections show that the state of New York alone will require nearly half a million STEM-educated workers. Yet American students placed 17th in the sciences and 25th in mathematics when compared with international students in recent measurements. A Dow Chemical Company executive wrote in Forbes magazine in 2013 that the national economys ability to completely recover and remain competitive depends on the extent to which the United States can focus on STEM education. EAST strives to educate a new generation of thinkers, dreamers, and innovators many of whom come from immigrant backgroundswho can assist in maintaining the United States competitive edge in emerging STEM fields.