STEM skills are in great demand throughout the world these days. In the coming years, they will be the
backbone of all innovation and important discoveries. Yet, as kids get older, they are losing interest in
these fields that require high levels of training and studying. Consequently, industry is hurting. Tracy
Rexroat, one of the West’s great educators, recognizes this need to promote STEM studies to ensure a
strong future for our country.
What Is STEM?
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics form the acronym STEM. To improve
competitiveness in technology development, the term is commonly used in conjunction with addressing
curriculum choices and education policy in schools from kindergarten to college. National security
concerns, immigration policy, and workforce development are all affected by how strong our nation’s
STEM skills are.
Due to the lack of qualified candidates for high tech jobs, STEM began to appear in the United States
in immigration and education conversations about potential initiatives. Instead of being taught as an
integrated curriculum, these subject have traditionally been taught in isolation. As of late, through work
by people like Tracy Rexroat, a key portion of the public education agenda in the United States has
begun to focus on creating a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields.
Beginning engineering study at younger grades, as early as elementary school, is one of the main pushes
of STEM. Also, rather than just having gifted students focus on STEM, all students should get broadened
instruction in those fields. President Obama has even stressed the importance of STEM by working more
funding into the federal budget for grants to support it.
With the growing concern about the United States falling behind in STEM education, the United States
National Academies came up with the follow suggestions:
• Through additional training in math, technology, and science, strengthen the skills of teachers
• Encourage students and provide more incentives for them to prepare to go to college and earn a
• By improving K-12 mathematics and science education, increase America’s talent pool
To help replenish their pool of engineers, mathematicians, and scientists, the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration is also seeking to advance STEM studies through various curricula and initiatives.
Without a large pool to draw from, the security of the United States could be at risk as crucial tech jobs
go unfilled and leave the country vulnerable.
Tracy Rexroat Champions STEM Education
Throughout her entire career, Tracy Rexroat has been a strong supporter of the STEM fields. She earned
a degree in Mechanical Technology at the University of South Dakota, and after serving her country in
the Air National Guard and Army National Guard for more than two decades, she turned to education.
She earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and Mental Health. With this unique educational
background, she has focused on promoting STEM skills for teachers and students in secondary education
for the last seven years. She has helped to prepare Arizona for the future.