The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization designed to create a direct pipeline of STEM literate youth ready for the global workforce, especially girls. We organize and carry out a number of comprehensive STEM programs in Reston, VA, for students of all ages and skill levels.
Committed to building a pipeline of top tier STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) talent ready for the global workforce, The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy provides products and summer STEM education programs designed to empower educators and community leaders with the “know how” to deliver critical thinking and problem solving modules.
STEM jobs are projected to grow at a fast pace relative to other occupations. STEM workers help drive our innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas and new companies. As a result, workers need the critical thinking and technical skills that come with STEM training. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce/ Office of the Chief Economist in the 2017 STEM Jobs Update, “STEM workforce has an outsized impact on a nation’s competitiveness, economic growth, and overall standard of living. STEM workers drive innovation (as measured by patents), and they have the flexible skills needed for the modern economy. At a time when firms across the economy cite difficulty matching skilled workers to job openings, the ability of STEM workers to adapt to new circumstances and processes makes them highly sought after.” In order to help keep up with the demand for skilled STEM workers, it’s important to provide growing students with the STEM educational workshops and education they need to gain an early interest in STEM fields.
Increasing Women in STEM
Committed to telling girls that we need them in STEM, The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy is engaged in increasing the presence of women in STEM fields. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make up 48% of the working population, but only 26 percent are STEM workers compared to 74 percent of men. Attracting and retaining more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness, according to the American Association of University Women. Many products that are part of our daily lives have been developed without input from women. There are many new emerging areas of technology that need women’s input like nanotechnology, Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity. Our STEM programs are intended to help girls and young women develop interest in STEM fields so that they are more likely to pursue and excel in these fields later in life.
2017 National Chamber of Commerce Report
• Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared to 6.4 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
• STEM workers command higher wages, earning 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts in 2015. This pay premium has increased since our previous report, which found a STEM wage advantage of 26 percent in 2010.
• Nearly three-quarters of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to just over one-third of non-STEM workers.
• STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations. A STEM degree holder can expect an earnings premium of 12 percent over non-S81% of male students and 19% of female students took computer science.
• Male students are more likely than female students to take AP exams in advanced subjects, including calculus BC (59% versus 41%), physics B (65% versus 35%), and both physics C exams (about 75% versus 25%).
Benefits of STEM Programs for Youth
Many people outside of the educational, child psychology, and STEM fields believe that a child’s education should be unfocused until later in life so they can be exposed to a wider variety of subject matter and career possibilities. While a well-rounded education is important, of course, we believe it’s also important to feature STEM programs heavily in today’s curriculum. By providing a sturdy foundation in subject matters like computer science and programming, technology and engineering, mathematics, and science, children are more likely to become interested in these fields and even excel in them later in life. Some of the other benefits of STEM education for youth include:
Fosters Love of Learning, Curiosity, and Innovation
Skills Can Be Applied to Almost Any Career
Enhances Teamwork and Collaboration Skills
Builds Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Provides Structure and Can Help Decrease School Anxiety
More Career Options and Wages Later in Life
By working with our organization to help get students more interested in STEM programs, we can help our children succeed later in life and foster a lifelong love of learning, collaboration, and innovation.
Contact us to learn more about our STEM educational workshops. Our organization is based in Reston, Virginia.