"To successfully develop a diverse STEM workforce, we have to begin at the beginning," explained Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation's first African American female astronaut and Bayer's national Making Science Make Sense(R) (MSMS) spokesperson.
"After all, how can we expect to graduate the necessary numbers of scientists, engineers and mathematicians from college if we don't have enough students coming out of high school interested and prepared to work and study in these subjects? The pipeline is critical to our future global leadership and competitiveness. We must build a robust STEM pipeline that includes everyone and equally values their ideas, creativity and potential. Are we succeeding here? The Fortune executives are pretty unanimous in their belief that, at the pre-college level, no, we're not there yet."
Do STEM companies have a role to play here? Overwhelmingly, the Fortune 1000 STEM executives say yes, they do. Nearly all executives (97 percent) say that STEM companies have a role to play in ensuring women and minorities succeed in science and engineering fields, and consider it important (98 percent) for their companies to support pre-college science education programs that help create the next generation of inventors, innovators and discoverers, with two-thirds (66 percent) saying it is very important.
Moreover, the vast majority of Fortune executives say their companies are fulfilling that role. Nearly nine-in-10 (87 percent) indicate their companies or employees participate in pre-college education programs that attract, encourage and sustain girls' and minority students' interest in math and science. In particular, the executives see value in "Scientists in the Schools" programs, with nearly all (96 percent) agreeing that "direct contact with scientists and engineers is an effective way to help students better appreciate careers in science and engineering."
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|SOURCE Bayer Corporation|
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