Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Knowledge and skills in STEM areas are directly linked to current and predicted growth sectors in the economy. In 2010, the Maine STEM Collaborative commissioned the Education Development Center (EDC) to report on STEM capacity in Maine. The 2010 report by the EDC indicates that, “It is estimated that in the next decade one in seven new Maine jobs will be in STEM-related areas, and these jobs will produce wages that are 58 percent higher than wages for other occupations in Maine.” Further, “…at the national level, it is expected that the demand for employees to fill STEM-related jobs will grow by 22 percent in the next four years.” * Change the Equation, a national coalition of CEOs who have pledged to foster widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, predicts comparable workforce STEM demands in their Vital Signs reports for Maine.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the foundations of an advanced society. Federal and state leaders and the academic community view the strength of the STEM workforce as an indicator of our ability to sustain ourselves.
If we wish to ensure equitable access to high wage, high growth employment for Maine students learning in these areas must also be part of the educational foundation for all Maine students.
Vision for STEM Education in Maine
"The Maine Department of Education believes that greater access to quality STEM teaching and learning can positively impact student career options and personal and civic decision-making, and give students a vital role in strengthening Maine’s economy. The Department believes that student understanding in the STEM areas is essential to being an informed citizen and a successful participant in the work place. Therefore the Department seeks to elevate the aspirations of Maine students to pursue STEM and STEM-related careers and develop among educators the leadership skills to support STEM programming in PreK-12 schools and Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers.
"The Department supports professional development and the underlying technology that enhances teacher content knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and effective instructional strategies in those learning areas. Effective professional development has been shown to increase student learning in the STEM areas. The Department recognizes that collaboration with governmental, non-governmental and higher education partners is essential to strengthening STEM education for Maine students." –From the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Nov. 2010
- Maine's Statewide Strategic Plan for STEM (PDF, 232KB)
- STEM informational brochure (PDF, 897KB)
- Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership. The Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership is based on the model of the successful National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, which has built national leadership for science and mathematics reform.
* Davulis, L. (2008). Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment in Maine: A labor market and workforces assessment. Augusta, Maine: Center for Workforce Research and Information: Maine Department of Labor.