A 29-member panel meets today in Baton Rouge to discuss ways to get more students interested and improve achievement in the areas of science technology, engineering and math also known as STEM. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt is behind this effort to grow STEM programs in schools.
“The world is changing, everything is becoming much more technology driven and so the predictions for the increasing demand for workforce is exploding.”
Hewitt says major employers, like Amazon who is looking to build a second headquarters, are seeking workers who could perform STEM related jobs. She says its essential that Louisiana does what it can to produce more STEM talent and that includes women.
“So we have learned that girls at young ages excel very well in math and science but by the time they get to junior high, the boys are outperforming the girls.”
Hewitt says the objective of the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council is to make sure education and industry are aligned with workforce needs to increase the number of students who have a STEM degree.
“We have educational programs that excite students and are interesting to industries and I think it’s going to be a very easy thing to invest in.”