At the 2011 Flag Pin & Clapping Convention—aka The State of The Union address—President Obama challenged the nation to produce 100,000 excellent new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by the year 2021. Unlike the majority of things called for by elected officials, this particular commitment actually resulted in something happening.
The reason for the plea: the United States hasn’t exactly been the sharpest bulb in the knife shed when it comes to international rankings in math and science. That means we either start putting more great teachers into our nation’s classrooms, or we invent some entirely new rankings system—which would, you know, require math.
Since President Obama issued his 2011 challenge, the organization 100Kin10 has rallied scores of foundations, universities, nonprofits, and other partners around a single shared mission. In an era of fierce corporate competition and stark party-line politics, this movement stands as a pretty remarkable example of collaboration in the name of the greater good.
Since our primary target for this campaign is college STEM majors and recent grads, we decided to make the message, let’s just say “not bland.” We've got an animated music video, GIFs galore, and a batshit crazy career quiz all designed to say, "Hey! This STEM stuff is all mind-blowingly rad, and the people who teach it are pretty incredible people. Let’s make more of them!"
So lend your voice to a noble effort. Ensure the future of holographic selfies and breathable air and public infrastructure and really short online videos. The future state of STEM depends on the present state of STEM teaching.