Workforce & Career Education
One hallmark of the ITEST program is its commitment to developing a strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. This includes helping youth, particularly those from populations currently underrepresented in STEM, learn about and pursue STEM and STEM-related careers.
ITEST projects are informed by career education theory and engage students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM and related careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills (including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce. Below are selected resources to help you learn more about workforce development in STEM education.
STELAR Webinar: How to Address Workforce/Career Education in your ITEST Project
Attendees joined us in discussing the elements of Career Education that can help frame your ITEST proposal/project and the types of workforce/career education data that projects should be collecting to document students’ journeys to STEM careers.
Revisiting the STEM Workforce: A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 (NSB-2015-10)
The National Science Board (NSB, Board) examined recent STEM workforce studies and debates, consulted numerous experts, and explored data in our 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report to develop insights that could facilitate more constructive discussions about the STEM workforce and inform decision makers.
ITEST Projects Shine in the NSF 2015 Teaching & Learning Video Showcase
In May 2015, seventeen ITEST projects presented videos in the 2015 National Science Foundation Teaching and Learning Video Showcase. Organized by TERC, the showcase contained 112 videos produced by NSF-funded projects associated with one of these resource centers: ARC, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, CS10K, MSPNet, and STELAR.
ITEST Info Brief: Meeting the Needs of STEM Workforce Development
This 2010 ITEST Information Brief shares examples and data about how the ITEST program strives to connect workforce development needs and K-12 learning in and out of school.
ITEST Engineering Model: Building a Better Future for STEM Learning
The report includes examples drawn from projects in the national ITEST program which seeks to ensure the breadth and depth of the U.S. STEM workforce.
Student Perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Content and Careers
Findings included that the residential early admissions students had STEM dispositions more similar to STEM professionals and less similar to traditional high school students. Analyses of disaggregated data characteristics based on attributes such as gender are also presented.
Impact of Environmental Power Monitoring Activities on Middle School Student Perceptions of STEM
Middle school is a crucial stage in student development as students prepare for a fast changing future. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills that students acquire in middle school lay the foundation for a successful career in STEM. Moreover, most STEM occupations require competencies in science, math and logical thinking prior to engagement in problem solving. Therefore, it is vital to prepare and develop interest in middle school students to participate in the future STEM workforce.
Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future
America is home to extraordinary assets in science, engineering, and mathematics that, if properly applied within the educational system, could revitalize student interest and increase proficiency in these subjects and support an American economic renewal, according to a new report from an independent council of Presidential advisors.
Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement
Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement is a product of the previous ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC) and includes a series of six articles (plus a preface) highlighting key themes and lessons learned in the first five years of the ITEST program.
Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing Our Nation's Human Capital
This report from National Science Board focuses on identifying and preparing the nation's human capital.