2018 50c STEM Education
Value: 50¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever
Issued: April 6, 2018
First Day City: Washington, DC
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 15,000,000 stamps
In recent decades, there has been a major push to reform and improve STEM education. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the push for this education is urgent. The number of people entering these crucial fields has declined, but the number of jobs is on the rise.
An important part of STEM education is blending the four disciplines together, rather than teaching them separately. The STEM fields are interconnected and each one affects the others. While scientists study the natural world, engineers look for the solutions to society’s issues and create new technologies. And mathematical calculations play an important role in every part of the process.
Another significant focus is to introduce children to the importance of these fields at a young age. Programs begin in elementary school and show children how STEM relates to the real world. Proponents of STEM education also stress the importance of expanding lessons outside of school. They encourage parents to show their children how we use all four disciplines in our everyday lives. As children enter middle and high school, programs explore future careers.
A major goal of STEM education is to recruit women and minorities, who make up a smaller percentage of professionals in these fields. A meaningful way to encourage their involvement is to teach them about historical STEM figures. Stories such as Marie Curie becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize or Benjamin Banneker teaching himself math to predict a solar eclipse can inspire children to pursue these careers. Through the combined efforts of our government leaders, schools, and parents, we can inspire tomorrow’s STEM pioneers today.