The Pros And Cons Of STEM Program

1210 Words5 Pages
We live in a world where everyone is striving to be the best, to be on top, to be number one. In the United States, we have advanced in some fields, but have fallen behind in others compared to those across the globe. Over the years, the United States has fallen behind in areas specially related to STEM programs. STEM programs are those pertaining to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Out of those who are currently enrolled in STEM related programs, a fraction of them are Latino. This could be due to a number of reasons: from not having enough money to pursue college, to the improper or lack of teaching in lower level courses, or even the fact that there are very few Latino role models represented in these fields. Once at a…show more content…
citizens and permanent residents, 7.3% (about 31,855) were earned by Latino students.” In a research study done by Crisp, Nora, and Taggart (2009), it was predicted that by the end of the decade, 2010, jobs relating to STEM programs would increase by almost 50% in the United States. With this increase, there is a hope that more students enter into these programs, especially Latinos, to fill these desired job opportunities. In the same journal article, the authors said that, “…nearly half of all Hispanic students who declare majors in engineering or science change majors during college and do not earn a degree in either area” (Crisp, Nora, & Taggart, 2009). This could be the result of a variety of reasons and factors, but the authors did not state them. With a seeming low interest in STEM related fields and high degree changes out of STEM programs, the government has pumped millions of dollar into educational programs with the hope that Latinos and other minorities get an equal chance to prosper and succeed in these STEM programs. These educational programs are aimed at those in elementary school and high school, which is the ideal age group to focus on according to journal article by Russell, Hancock, and McCullough (2007). In this journal article, a study was done to find out when an interest in STEM related fields began; 59% said they became…show more content…
Take Mario Acuna for example, he’s a space scientist who was an instrument/project scientist for Mariner 10, Explorer 47 and 50, Voyager 1 and 2, and Pioneer 11. He also developed instruments that helped detect electromagnetic waves, gamma rays, plasma, and x-rays. Another scientist is Luis Walter Alvarez who was a physicist during WWII. He helped developed Little Boy and Fat Man, the first nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. He won the Novel Prize for Physics in 1968 for developing a bubble chamber and discovered new “elementary particles never before seen.” Next, there’s Angeles Alvarino who was a marine biologist that discovered 22 new marine species of organisms and who was considered “the world’s authority on three groups of marine organisms: chaetognaths, hydromedusae, siphonophores. She also helped the world better understand the oceanic food chain. Finally, we have Raul Alvarado Jr. who was an engineer. He fought to promote opportunities for minorities and his purpose was to help promote the participation of Latino and Latinas in engineering (Newton,
Open Document