STEM education drives innovation, economic vitality and global competitiveness. The nation faces a strong need to engage students in STEM education and prepare this future workforce for the global marketplace with the skills they need to compete. President Barack Obama said schools should “offer a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering,” and cooperate with industry experts to help teachers incorporate STEM content across grades and disciplines."
Miami –Dade County Public Schools currently has 22 NAF Academies under the STEM umbrella guided by the STEM Advisory Board made up of theme specific industry and higher education leaders. These STEM Academy Advisory Board members bridge schools and communities by providing classroom speakers, mentors, job-shadowing venues, conferences and seminars, scholarships, and compensated internships for Academy students and teachers.