Dear Next President:
Have you ever heard of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers? STEM careers impact society in a beneficial way and are the reason why we have jobs such as teachers and engineers who help future society and individual lives through innovations. Without these important careers we cannot advance as a country.
Unfortunately, young people are not going into STEM careers and so we risk not developing new technology. According to Allie Bidwell in “STEM Workforce No More Diverse Than 14 Years Ago”, "Fifty percent of current engineers are going to retire in the next few years" and we don’t have anyone to replace them unless you step up and help us fix this problem.
We need you to raise awareness by speaking to schools, your government colleagues, and parents. We need you to teach these groups that all students need to experience the jobs of being an engineer, computer scientist, and researcher. Girls and minority boys need this support more than anyone. Our future depends on it.
Thank you for your time,
Room 514 6th Grade English class
Challenger Middle School