So We Did Something About It
In 2017, the inaugural GE Additive Education Program provided over 400 schools in 13 countries with 3D printers, curriculum and professional development. The Program reached over 180,000 students worldwide.
Why the Need for STEM in Education?
According to a survey of 3,000 students, 69% of students are in fact interested in pursuing a STEM career, but two thirds have never used CAD or tried 3D design and 80% have never used a 3D printer before - skills which will be advantageous, if not prerequisite, in many future careers.
For students to choose a career in a STEM related field, we need to ensure that students have early, engaging and positive exposure to STEM subjects: students choose STEM related high school subjects and university degrees if they’ve had a positive experience with STEM subjects in their earlier, primary and elementary school years.
Why is developing more pathways to STEM careers important? Simply put, economics.
Projections point to a need for 1 million more STEM professionals than the US will produce at the current rate over the next decade. STEM jobs alone have grown 17 percent, which is significantly faster than the nearly 10 percent growth rate in all other areas.