Now these stats may look alarming but they are true. I followed up on this infographic and found the following more
At TopCoder, with NNS, we are trying to help the younger generation understand the thrill of and excitement of STEM-related careers by working on NoNameSite.com which is a new, online Community built by TopCoder and originally funded by DARPA. The main goal of this new Community is to encourage and foster CS-STEM skills in students ages 13-18 during their middle school and high school time rather than later in life. We hope that by joining our Community and playing our games, it will encourage these students to pursue CS-STEM related studies at the collegiate level and filter them into the STEM jobs our country needs them to fill.
In conclusion, we hope that by providing this extracurricular community for our target audience full of games with contests and prizes, an area to be creative and design avatars, a feature to be a part of the game building through our level editor, and actually learning to code at our coding school, CS-STEM will be a field they look to when entering college. Not only that, but empowering people like myself to understand the need for CS-STEM education and possibly learn a bit as well. I’ve never had more fun helping to build this community and learn all I have learned. We’re currently looking to secure more funding to add more games, more features to our current games, and more lessons for SoCo. Please let us know if you have any contacts we can reach out to. Thanks!
Jessie D'Amato Ford
JESSIE D’AMATO FORDDIRECTOR OF EVENTS & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
STEM STATS According to theNational Center forEducation Statistics
STEM STATS»According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobsare projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. While all jobs areexpected to grow by 10.4%, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 21.4%.Similarly, 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills.» The US Department of Labor claims that out of the 20 fastest growingoccupations projected to 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics orscience preparation. The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018; yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, only 16%of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM. As a nation, we are notgraduating nearly enough STEM majors to supply the demand.» To put these numbers into perspective, of the 3.8 million 9th graders in theUS, only 233,000 end up choosing a STEM degree in college (National Centerfor Education Statistics). That means only six STEM graduates out of every 1009th graders. (The STEM Dilemma)
NONAMESITE.COM DEMOS• Alice in Booleanland• Into the Claw• Brando the Egg Hunter Extraordinare• SoCo; School of Code
SOCOCurrent Features» 76 beginner lessons» A scoreboard to show top members» Profile page to show personal statistics, badges, and achievements» Sharing mechanisms for posting your scores or our lessons to socialmedia» Forums for questions and community feedbackComing soon» More instructions and information about the code» More content for learning» More lessons