Increased federal funding for diversifying participation in STEM education is focused almost exclusively at the college level.* With little funding dedicated to STEM at the K-12 level, a crucial window of opportunity is closed.

The gap between the increasing growth of STEM occupations and the low level of student preparedness to fill quality jobs is evident. How do we fill the gap? By opening this crucial window.

Investing early is investing smart. Creating a foundation early on in a student’s education for not only STEM skills but also STEM interest pays off.

Tomorrow’s workforce is inspired, educated and cultivated now. Today’s fifth grader will be a part of the US workforce in 2030, whether their career path is through a college degree, a trade school or a job apprenticeship program. Investing in their education today determines their ability to fill the quality STEM occupations opening in the next decade.

*National Science Foundation