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Erik Robelen: Female, Minority Students Needed in STEM Fields

b-w world-peopleSome experts in science, engineering, technology and mathematics education are advocating for industry and academic institutions to increase the interest of female and minority students in STEM fields.

During a Google Hangout hosted by AdvancED, Julie Kantor, STEMconnector chief partnership officer, noted that 71 percent of jobs will require STEM skills, AdvancED announced Monday.

Kantor added that to peak interest in STEM, more female and minority role models must participate in STEM mentorship projects.

“We need to get away from this idea that STEM is elite. It shouldn’t matter where the school is, we should turn any school into a STEM school,” said Erik Robelen, Education Week editor.

He added that schools should promote STEM interest to females and minorities at an early age.

Panelists also added that the industry must establish a set of standards that will define STEM programs.

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