Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are not just important topics for school children—they are essential to our culture. These fields help the environment, revolutionize healthcare, innovate our country’s security, and ensure our global economic competitiveness.

According to the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the U.S. is not producing enough STEM undergraduate degrees to match the forecasted demand, creating a national workforce crisis. Fewer people pursuing STEM degrees means fewer scientists finding clever solutions to antibiotics resistance, fewer technophiles turning data into targeted healthcare, fewer engineers designing homes and buildings to withstand rising seas and powerful storms.

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  • About the Author:

    Erika Angle, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ixcela LLC, also founded a nonprofit organization, Science from Scientists, that focuses on STEM Education for elementary and middle school students. In 2014, Boston Business Journal selected Angle as one of the “40 under 40” business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields in the Boston area. In 2015 she received the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Emerging Executive.