WNYC’S SchoolBook comes to The Greene Space for a dynamic conversation about the innovations and challenges in the growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, particularly what is happening in New York City schools to improve STEM literacy for all its students.
The White House and business leaders have urged educators to improve math and science lessons for all American students. President Obama has called on colleges to graduate 10,000 more engineers a year and 100,000 new teachers with majors in STEM. But the critical groundwork happens earlier, especially in middle school and high school. New York City is pouring resources into STEM education which includes training – and retaining – qualified teachers, improving the lab and computer facilities, and setting higher benchmarks for statewide standards and tests. It has also formed partnerships with companies, large and small, who say they’re desperate for qualified workers to fill jobs in STEM-related fields.