San Francisco Students Participate in STEM Career Awareness Day
consortium of businesses, schools and
governments in the San Francisco Bay Area held the second annual STEM
Awareness Day March 15. The goal was to encourage high school students
pursue college degrees and, eventually, careers in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM).
than 100 students from three San Francisco Unified School District high schools participated in the event that started out the day
Rutter Center on the Mission Bay campus of the University
of California at San
Francisco (UCSF). They then visited a number of businesses in
the San Francisco
area where they received tours and had discussions with scientists and
the companies that participated were:
EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park;
- Illumina; and
Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant.
which is the Bay Area's third largest
biotech employer, was the primary sponsor of the event that was
part of UCSF's Science and Health Education Partnership with the school
program is in response to a 2014 report from
the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics that found, while STEM unemployment
— 3.1 percent compared to an overall national unemployment rate of 7.4
— more than 9 million more STEM jobs will be created by 2022.
know that the best investment we can make for
our city's future is an investment in our young people," said San
Ed Lee, "and that's why we are laser-focused on making sure our public
are the best in the nation. This helps to inspire our students to
science and technology careers of the 21st century economy."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.