According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational employment projections to 2018 report in November 2009:
The U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related occupations by 2018. These include scientists, doctors, software developers and engineers. Yet, there will be a significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill these careers. For the U.S. to succeed and continue to play a leadership role in addressing tough global challenges, we must do a better job of engaging students in these subjects and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
In 2013, schools, universities, organizations, and cities responded across Texas to a call to address this issue. In a matter of months, the Houston STEM Education Day, initiative gathered impressive momentum, and soon events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education were being planned all over the state. Panels were hosted, a luncheon was conducted and awards for excellence in STEM education were presented. In Houston, where the Houston STEM Education Day project was born, a feature event, STEM Education Day, hosted nearly 250 teachers, counselors and individuals working in STEM industry.
Recognized by former Governor Rick Perry with a proclamation for both years, CSEWT remains something state leaders are very passionate about, particularly because of its strong focus on STEM education in schools as well as emphasizing the importance of STEM education when it comes to preparing the youth of Texas for their futures. The year 2016, marks the fourth round of festivities for CSEWT as it continues to be a fine tradition for all in involved
The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) STEM Education Task Force as well as individuals from companies such as Citgo, Shell Oil, CenterPoint Energy, University of Houston-Downtown, HCC, Harmony Public Schools and Houston ISD among others have come together to host this unique project again.
You are invited to be a part of this week-long celebration that aims to increase public awareness of STEM education across Texas by becoming a partner and/or an event sponsor, or perhaps by hosting your own event that highlights and celebrates STEM education. It is our hope to involve as many STEM-centered organizations, businesses and educational institutions as possible, truly making this a statewide celebration of STEM education.