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The STEM (aka "smarty Pants") Conundrum

By National Journal

May 27, 2011

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It's no secret the United States is badly in need of more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college graduates to help fill the needs of the growing technology sector workforce. But all efforts suffer from the same problem — it's hard to get excited about them.

Aside from the yawn factor, the promotion of science and math degrees is hampered by the impression that only the smartest of the smart can obtain them. What can educators do to make STEM's reputation more accessible and less scary? How can high-tech employers promote their industry among young people and their parents? Other than money, what incentives can propel kids toward science, math, and engineering?

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