Science • Technology • Engineering
Arts • Math
Our youth should be trained with the skills to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders our country needs for the future. To that end, academic curricula focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has become a major focal point in today’s schools. The latest iteration of instruction adds art into the mix, creating an academic paradigm known as STEAM.
Right now, too few youth receive quality STEAM instruction and view these disciplines as springboards for their careers.
81% of Asian-American high school students and 71% of white high school students attend high schools where a full range of math and science courses are offered (Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics). Access to these courses for American Indian, Native-Alaskan, Black, and Hispanic high school students is significantly worse. Race, location, or socioeconomic status should never determine access to the rigors of a STEAM-based education.
Less than 20% of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEAM-focused career. Of those who pursue a college dream in a STEAM field, only about half choose to work in a related career. As a result, our nation is suffering internationally, ranking in the 20s in math and science. This is unacceptable.
Pacific Maritime Academy will be a part of the solution, providing a rigorous, STEAM-based curriculum to the youth of the Bay Area.