A scientifically literate society produces the best qualified people for any job.
March 15th was STEM Career Awareness Day, and a consortium of businesses, schools, and governments in the Bay Area held the second meeting of this day that raises awareness about jobs that encourage critical thinking, and curiosity. The goal of this was to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees and, eventually, pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
More than 100 students from the SFU School District high school students participated in the event. They then visited a number of businesses in the San Francisco area where they received tours and had discussions with scientists and engineers.
This program is in response to a rather alarming report from 2014 from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It found that STEM unemployment is low—3.1 percent compared to an overall national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. More than 9 million jobs STEM jobs will be created by 2022.
The best investment that one can make for the future of a city, or the planet, is an investment in our young people for they are the future. That’s why they were laser-focused on making the San Francisco public schools the best in the nation. This inspires children to be excited about learning, and may also inspire them to pursue careers in the science and technology careers of the 21st century.