"STEM jobs in the United States are growing twice as fast as other fields. As a result, the demand for qualified STEM professionals is high, but the supply of qualified STEM workers is low -- especially among underrepresented groups like minorities and women," said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. "The gap in the STEM pipeline is not a new problem, but intentionally engaging families is an essential new solution."
Every child, regardless of their zip code, ethnicity, race or gender should have access to high-quality STEM programs, education and career exploration. To meet the rapidly-growing demand for qualified STEM professionals and develop the next generation of leaders, we must help students and families build the necessary competencies and skills to pursue STEM degrees and career opportunities. This White Paper will explain why National PTA is working with its founding sponsors, Bayer and Mathnasium, to launch a new initiative -- STEM Plus Families.