10 trends and predictions for STEM education in 2020

| February 4, 2020

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It's clear to anyone listening that the United States needs more highly-skilled STEM workers to remain globally competitive. And STEM education--including trained STEM teachers--is critical to that goal. The organization 100Kin10 is working to recruit 100,000 excellent STEM teachers into classrooms across the nation by 2021. 100Kin10 talks to partners and teachers and reviews research and data to understand the challenges and opportunities facing STEM education. At the end of each year, 100Kin10 boils down its most important data and insights into a list of trends from the past year and predictions for the year.

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