Why STEM?

A path to tomorrow.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is a pipeline to a better world — for students and for us all.

Kids who love STEM have a brighter future.

When kids love STEM, it means a brighter future for the United States.

  • While just 5% of U.S. workers hold jobs in STEM-related fields, they are responsible for more than 50% of our sustained economic growth.
  • A strong foundation in STEM breeds innovation, ideas and progress. In a time of intense global competition, the U.S. has the potential to lead once more.

Yet with all these opportunities in STEM, a gap remains.

  • By 2018, more than 2 million STEM jobs in the U.S. will remain unfilled because there won’t be qualified candidates to fill them.
  • Only 16 percent of high school seniors are considering a STEM career.
  • Nearly 75% of those who hold a STEM bachelor’s degree do not work in STEM occupations.

It’s a special opportunity to inspire a student to pursue a STEM career. Do you remember when you discovered the passion for the work you do today? Perhaps it was an exceptional teacher, an inspiring book or a relative in the same industry. We hope, someday, that many students in the Kansas City area can point to Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains as their spark.

“My students grew exponentially in the realm of STEM awareness, personal dedication and project completion. They learned to collaborate — not just with each other but with scientists and engineers.”
Jennifer Thomas, Turner High School