Why STEAM?

What is it?

Why should our community care about STEAM? The application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math helps educators to transform students into engaged and informed members of our communities, serving as innovators and leaders for the future. There are many ways STEAM education now will prove vital for the future of Oregon’s workforce:

  • 23% of Oregon’s workforce is retiring in the next 5 years (source: State of Oregon Employment
    Department)
  • 56% of STEAM jobs in the Portland Metro area do not require a degree (source: Brooking Institute
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  • Companies that have more diverse management
    teams have 19% higher revenue.
  • 24,780 STEM jobs will be available in Portland in
    the next 10 years.