National STEM Day

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2023 DateNovember 8, 2023
2024 DateNovember 8, 2024

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National STEM Day is dedicated to encouraging students and young learners to explore and pursue interests in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Its central purpose is to foster a love of inquiry and discovery, while highlighting the crucial role that these disciplines play in innovation, problem-solving and the sustained growth of the nation.

Though a relatively recent addition to the national calendar, the National STEM Day has quickly grown in popularity and significance since its inception. Conceived by the STEM Education Coalition, it originated out of rising concern for the future competitiveness of the American workforce in the global technology-driven economy. The event is marked by a myriad of activities nationwide, including interactive workshops, expos, and field trips, targeted primarily at young students, to inspire their interest and engagement in STEM disciplines.

National STEM Day serves as a platform for education leaders, companies, and governmental bodies to galvanize efforts in driving STEM education forward. The date - 11/8, chosen for its resemblance to the term 'innovate', underscores the ingenuity and creativity that underpin these vital fields. The observance not only empowers future innovators but emphasizes the integral role of STEM education in maintaining America's technological leadership. The National STEM Day is celebrated annually on November 8th.

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National STEM Day facts

  • According to, Around the world in 2023, the median salary for a full-time STEM worker is about $75,000.
  • According to the Skyhook Foundation, children may lose future interest in STEM if they're not introduced to it by the 5th grade.
  • 6% of U.S undergraduates major in engineering compared to 12% in Europe and 40% in China.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%.

Top things to do for National STEM Day

  • Learn about the Artemis Program, NASA's new mission to the moon! Explore Humanity's Return to the Moon to learn about NASA's mission to establish sustainable exploration of the moon by the end of the decade.
  • Watch an inspirational movie about STEM. Here are our suggestions:
    Hidden Figures (2016)
    Spare Parts (2015)
    Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • If you're interested in STEM or want to learn more about it, check out Get into Stem for resources.
  • Engage in puzzles or brain teasers that require critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This can include solving rubik's cubes, Sudoku puzzles, or solving riddles.
  • Find Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic, or TED-Ed videos that focus on scientific discoveries, inventions, or advancements in STEM fields.

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