STEM has become a common acronym, particularly among policy advocates and government officials, for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term is commonly used in relation to the nation's economic competitiveness and the related need for education programs in support of future generations. Among the most recent relevant publications on STEM education and competitiveness is Rising Above the Gathering Storm from the National Academies Press.

Groups involved in STEM Advocacy

  • STEMEd Caucus: A Caucus of Members of Congress in support of STEM education issues, chaired by Congressman Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO).
  • STEM Education Coalition: The STEM Education Coalition is composed of advocates from over 40 diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce – from knowledge workers, to educators, to scientists, engineers, and technicians. The participating organizations of the STEM Education Coalition are dedicated to ensuring quality STEM education at all levels. The Coalition is co-chaired by the American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association.

Wikipedia entry on STEM fields