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Before fielding this survey to over 100,000 educators, we sent a test to 100 science and STEM educators for feedback. More than one educator asked us to include the arts, and we listened.
STEAM also represents our field of respondents. MCH Strategic Data provides lists on educators who identify as STEM/STEAM.
For simplicity, we used STEM throughout the report unless representing a direct quote.
We used the definition of STEM sent to us by Carol O’Donnell from the Smithsonian Science Education Research Center.
The definition comes from Carnegie Mellon University. “ . . . an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy” (Tsupros, Kohler, & Hallinen).
Founded by Daylene Long, Catapult X is a market and product development company that consults exclusively with STEM education industry partners to catapult them forward using data-driven insights.
The survey received 2791 responses from a variety of responsibility levels*, grade levels*, and demographics.**
District Level STEM/Science Supervisor, n= 110
School Level STEM/Science Supervisor, n = 305
Science or Stem Teacher, n = 2553
Pre-K to Elementary, n = 297
Middle School, n = 1163
High School, n = 1624
Silent Generation, n = 6
Baby Boomers, n = 544
Generation X, n = 1305
Millennials, n = 886
Male, n = 830
Female, n = 1878
* Respondents were given the option of more than one education level, and grade level.
** Respondents were given the option of “prefer not to answer.”
MCH Strategic Data provided the list of STEM/STEAM educators to whom the survey was fielded via email.
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