Global STEM Alliance to Launch Open Innovation Challenges

The world needs a workforce of skilled science and technology innovators to address the most pressing global challenges of the coming century, including climate change, food shortages, increases in chronic diseases, energy shortages, and more. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018, some 75% of occupations will be middle- or high-skilled, with the majority of these jobs requiring an education in STEM subjects. And yet, students are dropping out of STEM at alarming rates, in the U.S. and in countries the world over, from China to South Africa, due to lack of engagement. This “STEM paradox” was the subject of a white paper put out by The New York Academy of Sciences last year.

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