Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University
*This is part 2 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2019
STEM education prepares future generations to lead in global innovation.
Future Innovators Need STEM
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a top priority for the United States and the Alabama Department of Education. STEM fields are growing at nearly twice the rate of other occupations, and are expected to reach more than 9 million by 2022. In order to keep pace with the rest of the world, it’s important for Alabama to develop workers to fill these positions, particularly since most college graduates do not enter STEM fields. These workers will need to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, communicators, and innovators. The Alabama 4-H STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics) program helps youth to develop critical thinking skills that are essential in STEM careers for solving real world problems and issues.
In addition to STEM, Alabama Extension’s STREAM program added a core reading component needed to understand content area instruction and to actively engage in STEM activities. Outcomes in 2019 revealed the following:
- 1,780 urban youth completed six engaging hands-on lessons and activities in STREAM, totaling 10,680 contact hours.
- 1,495 (84%) youth demonstrated creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
- After 419 youth attended STEM Day at Alabama A&M University, 243 (58%) of the participants were interested in STEM-related careers and 331 (79%) youth showed an increase in the ability to analyze data to draw conclusions.
Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Alabama 4-H and Youth Development
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Animal Science and Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Community Resource Development
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Consumer Sciences and Personal Financial Management
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Family and Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health