“How do we play a role? How do we become a voice for change?” These were some of the questions we were asking ourselves in 2013. The answers emerged from a series of intense discussions about science education, global health, and how to make a difference in developing countries and around the world. It was in these intense discussions that the STEM Advocacy Group was born with the initial vision of promoting access to quality science education and exposure for every person on the planet.
As many countries now realize the importance of training in STEM for growth and prosperity, there is a great need for new and enhanced understanding to help trainees, organizations, and policy makers build a scientific enterprise of the future. The problem revolves around the what, the who, the where, and the how. Although there is more information in STEM, understanding is lagging far behind.
For example, what barriers do trainees in science face and when do they impact them the most? How can trainees overcome these barriers? Which initiatives in promoting science are working and which are not? What is the typical structure of STEM initiatives or organizations? Where are they located? Which new insights and ideas in STEM need advocacy and why? How can we increase collaborations among trainees, organizations, and policy makers around the world? How can we inspire more young people to become science teachers around the world? How should impact be measured in science? What resources and tools are trainees, organizations, and policy makers missing? What is the future of undergraduate and graduate training in science? These are just some of the questions we think are important to tackle.
Conduct advocacy research that leads to the development of new ideas, tools, and insights to support trainees, organizations, and policy makers in STEM around the world.
We envision a future where equitable access and exposure to quality training in science is possible for all. Our core belief is that education with a strong foundation in science is a critical component for global economic growth, social advancement, and ultimately, global peace.
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Our persistent question we ask ourselves everyday is: HOW can we grow the impact of our work each day?