What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and it was coined back in 2001 when National Science Foundation researchers discovered that American universities were not producing enough engineering and technology degrees to maintain America's top seat as the leader in innovation and design.
Why STEM here in Bainbridge?
You're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. It's pretty simple: 62% of today's jobs require some background in Math and Science though only 21% of the newly minted college graduates each year are choosing STEM careers. It's likely that in your future, more than 80% of the jobs out there, and many that haven't been invented yet, will require STEM knowledge and expertise.
Here on Bainbridge, we have a unique community filled with successful STEM innovators who want the very same opportunities for you as there were for them. Above all, the school district, your parents and the community want you to find and pursue what you are passionate about and we want to make sure that you have a chance to explore all of the possibilities in the STEM world.
This means we need to help you find areas in STEM that you may like. Who knows, even if you didn't think you would go into a science, technology, engineering or mathematics career, you may just find an area you're interested in. And don't think you've got to have a four year college degree to do STEM. Many of the most popular STEM careers are health related and most of those degrees are in 2-3 year programs.
Where to Start?
Take a few minutes to think about what you like to do now. I know what you're thinking: "No, I'm not at all like Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory." And you're right. no one is really like Sheldon. But I'll bet you'll be pretty surprised by what fields are actually considered STEM fields.
Discuss your interests with your parents and teachers. Visit your counselor. From there, you'll have enough to go on to develop an academic plan to that allows you to pursue your area of interest.