The New York Times showed its support for the growing high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs through its recent “The High School Challenge” science quiz. Once the user agrees to have their knowledge tested, s/he is asked 10 questions in the categories Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Physics. While this may seem like a harmless quiz, it proves to reveal more than that.
In the past few years, more and more people have realized the importance of getting kids more interested in the STEM fields. The U.S. Department of Education says that Obama feels that the United States should be near the top of the STEM fields compared to other countries.
"[American students must] move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math," the U.S. Department of Education recorded Obama saying.
The question is, how do they plan on executing Obama’s vision?
“Specifically, [the nation is going to have] to develop, recruit, and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the next 10 years,” The U.S. Department of Education wrote. “...Colleges and universities [have been asked] to graduate an additional 1 million students with STEM majors.”
This quiz proves that while the taker may not know as much as they would like about science, there is a lot of hope for the upcoming generations that they will be getting a fantastic STEM education.
To take the quiz, click here.