STEM Education Today, Sustainable High-Tech Tomorrow!
In recent years we have seen a decrease in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in Israel. Fewer students are completing 5 units of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science.
Today, only half of Israeli schools offer a full five-unit mathematics course, while undergraduate students studying STEM fields had fallen from 8.3 percent in 2001 to 5.7% in 2013 – a rate that threatens to leave Israel short engineers and programmers within a decade.
The STEM project's goal, as a national program, is to double the number of Israel’s advanced technologies employees by 2025, while showing an increase of 30%- 50% by the year 2020. By this Israeli will be able to maintain its well-earned "Start-Up Nation" status.
IATI co-leads the project, as our mission is to promote and cultivate the advanced technology industries in Israel and consequently we see great value in promoting STEM education. In order to continue being a Start-Up nation we must strengthen STEM teaching in Israel, and encourage high school students to acquire STEM knowledge.
For that goal, IATI works with Government ministries, Educational NGOs and with the High-Tech Companies. This is done with the understanding that these cross-sectors needed to come together in order to create a long-term national impact.