The Ozarks SySTEAMic Coalition
Promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts and math throughout the entire Ozarks region.
Why Does STEM Matter?
Studies indicate that American fourth-grade students score high in math and science when compared to their global peers, but by twelfth-grade our students score at the bottom. Southwest Missouri (The Ozarks) students mirror this statistic which leaves many of our students losing interest in these subjects and less prepared to enter the global workforce.
What can STEM do for the Ozarks?
STEM strengthens our economic well-being.
Earning power: Payscale.com (2013) recently found that the median yearly salary for STEM-trained graduates with three years' experience in their field tend to earn twice as much as those in non-STEM career tracks.
Job force: In the professional and technical services alone, 1,107 firms employ 7,289 Southwest Missourians with a percentage grown from the previous year at 25.6% (Source: MERIC 2012)
Economic well-being: STEM based industries accounted for three-quarter of Missouri's $6.68 billion in products and services exported in 2013 which is down from $10.6 billion in 2005 (Source: WISER and MERIC).