This month, we celebrate #STEMtember!

What is “STEM”? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists, and game designers, and it’s becoming more critical for every type of job in the workforce. The problem is that most countries in the world aren’t producing enough STEM graduates. For example, in the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related fields but not enough people to fill them.

AST is proud to sponsor and volunteer at various #STEM events for students, such as the West Virginia Science Bowl (WVSB). This event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and WVU. This event tests students’ knowledge of math and science through a tournament-style academic competition style.

Over the course of the month, The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) will use its platforms to shine a light on the importance of #STEM within the energy efficiency and renewable energy arenas. They will continue to promote diversity in #STEM by highlighting their workforce development initiatives, including our collegiate competitions, and celebrating their staff and journeys within the #STEM field.

Whether at home, through virtual learning, in the classroom, or on the job, STEM impacts you! Join the EERE on social media for fun facts, experiments, virtual tours of National Labs, and spotlights of their staff working deep below us in geothermal mines or high up on wind turbines.

#STEMtember #ASTEmpowers #TeamAST #Science #Technology #Engineering #Math #education #EERE