IDSI-STEM recognizes STEM learning as an economic imperative. Research and experts suggest that technology-based innovation represents approximately half of the US economic growth and sustainability over the past 50 years. Over the next decade, a background in STEM will be required for almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the US. The US Department of Labor projects by 2014, the US job openings in STEM fields will be in the range of 2 million. However, the number of US students graduating with degrees in STEM fields is declining. Less than 15% of current US college undergraduate students are pursuing STEM related degrees.
For the US to remain competitive, our nation must respond with opportunities for more effective STEM teaching and learning and key research and development issues must be addressed. IDSI-STEM excels at applying educational science to teaching-learning environments. Our methodologies reflect an academically disciplined approach to integrating current STEM research, instructional design, leading-edge technologies, and formal and informal experiences that produce learners with skills in scientific, engineering, technical and mathematical thinking and practices. Our leaders in education and training provide blended learning solutions that include gaming, computer-based instruction, distance learning, face-to-face instruction, social learning, mobile technologies and coaching and mentoring activities to support STEM educator performance. In short, IDSI-STEM programs attract, excite, prepare, and retain learners in the STEM disciplines.