Leaders and Educators Gather for National Summit to Encourage Students to Pursue STEM

This week, hundreds of leaders and educators are meeting in Indianapolis to discuss ways to encourage more students to pursue STEM careers.

STEM jobs are estimated to grow 18 percent by 2018, nearly double the rate of other professions.

The ongoing issue to be discussed at the summit and elsewhere is the need for more students to pursue STEM careers in order to fill the employment gap that is likely to increase over the next several years.  

The question everyone is asking is while Baby Boomers retire and more STEM jobs are made available, who will fill the employment gap?

"A lot of kids turn away from math and science at a very early age. They just decide its too hard for them. We exist to counter that and show children they can learn, be good in these subjects and it’s a good way to get an education and to get a job," said Dr. William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education.

The summit runs through Wednesday.

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