A high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and math — subjects collectively known as STEM — helps children compete globally by developing their skills in thinking critically, evaluating evidence, and making sense of information. Importantly, students also learn to become problem solvers who can tackle our most pressing challenges, making society and the world a better place for generations to come.
To meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond, more students must be prepared with strong STEM skills. This work is ongoing and vital to the success of children, communities, and the country.
Recognizing this need, President Barack Obama issued a call to action in 2011 to recruit and train 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next 10 years. In response to this call, 100Kin10, a network of 280 organizations — including school districts, universities, museums, foundations, corporations, and others — mobilized to put thousands of outstanding STEM teachers in the nation’s classrooms.