Currently, careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) grow at three times the rate of non-STEM career pathways. Currently, there are a total of 8.6 million STEM jobs in the U.S. and this is projected to climb. A career in STEM provides future jobseekers with both long-term sustainability in the job market and financial security. The national average wage for all STEM occupations is currently double that of non-STEM. 93% of STEM occupations hold wages significantly above the national average. With the future of STEM expected to grow across all industries, careers in STEM will continue to rise in demand.
STEM jobs going unfilled
However, despite increased demand, 2.4 million STEM jobs are going unfulfilled; largely because STEM education is not readily available for many students. Black and Latinx students continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields — “they earned only 12.5% of all STEM degrees in 2011.” Systemic inequities in education provide barriers for many students.
Schools are unable to provide STEM education programs. Only 16% of American high school students say that they are interested in STEM and test proficient. Schools may recognize the value of STEM, but many find themselves ill-equipped to prepare students for this career pathway. High schools in under-resourced communities, serving predominantly Black and Latinx populations, often experience an acute lack of STEM education.
“The decisions that teachers and leaders at the school, district and state levels make about the importance of physics for their high school students make a tremendous impact on how many students take physics, and therefore how well students are prepared for the rigorous STEM majors in college,” said Paul Cottle, a physicist at Florida State University.
We must bring STEM programs directly to students. We must ensure equitable educational opportunity for all students, developing diverse talent to meet the growing STEM demand.
Introducing the mobile classroom
The solution is MoEx: the mobile classroom. The MoEx Mobile Classroom Career Empowerment Program brings experiential educational training and STEM career development resources to all students, regardless of geographic location and socioeconomic status. In our mobile classroom trailers, students explore the latest in STEM innovations. They provide an exciting augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) experience for students to explore tomorrow’s careers.
With a go-mobile education model, MoEx ensures that all students nationwide may gain equitable access to career pathways of their choosing. We prepare students for the jobs of the future. The MoEx program provides students with access to the latest in AR/VR technology that not only engages students in the excitement of STEM-related career opportunities, but also provides direct career assessment tools and access to local pathways.
Connecting students with local industry
What happens after students attend the mobile classroom? MoEx builds the critical connection between education and business, engaging students with real and localized opportunities. The MoEx program, an educational STEM training platform, connects students directly with industries hiring in their own backyard. The result? Students have equal access to STEM careers and direct pathways to achieve them.
The future is mobile — are you ready?
Bring MoEx to your community! The MoEx program officially launches across the nation in Spring 2021. We are actively seeking change makers and leaders in education and business to join us in our mission. Together, we will inspire students. Together, we can build a better future for our students and ensure that all students have equitable access to careers in STEM. Learn more. Or contact us for information about becoming a partner or pilot school.
Meredith Staudenraus is co-founder of MoEx. Email her.