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STEM Interactive Quiz How much do you know? These startling facts may surprise you… Directions: Click on the desired answer/image to advance

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In the last 10 years, what has been the percent of increase for jobs requiring STEM training? 50% increase 25% increase 75% increase No increase at all

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Women make up 52% of the country’s population. What percent of these women is part of the STEM workforce (all fields)? 52% 42% 32 22%

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In 2008, what percent of Science, Mathematics, Engineering (SME) degrees was awarded to African‐Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans? 50% 25% 12% 2%

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What percent of career fields are eliminated because of poor math and science preparation? Between 20%-30% Between 15%-25% 50% Between 60%-80%

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Between 60-80%*60-80 * 85% of those entering the workforce are women, and/or people of color- this is the largest portion of those entering the workforce. A large number of careers will already be eliminated from the options of most women and people of color. The competitive edge of the country depends on drawing in traditionally underrepresented groups in science and math-based fields.

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Interventions that work to increase girls interest in STEM run the risk of turning off the boys TRUE FALSE

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What percent of students entering college with an intention to major in science, math, or engineering change their major within the first two years? 10% 30% 50% 70%

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Approximately 50% of students with an intention to major in STEM areas change majors within the first two years

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What percent of “tomorrow’s jobs” will require use of computers? 25% 50% 75% 100%

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Nearly 75% of tomorrow’s jobs will require use of computers, while fewer than 33% of participants in computer courses and related activities are girls.

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What percent of middle and high school children said they plan to drop math as soon as they can? 20% 75% 50% 5%

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More than 50%* *50% of those who said they want to drop math also said they were interested in STEM careers.

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What percent of 13 year-olds don’t understand math concepts they should have already learned in elementary school? 25% 50% 75% 90%

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Over 25%* *All children should leave elementary school ready for the courses that will prepare them for a scientific and technological future.

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Girls perform the same or better than boys in math or science. True False True and False Neither

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Both True and False; girls perform the same or better in math and science until age 13.* * By high school, only one in seven girls say they are “good in math” though one in four boys believe that they are “good in math.” This is different from performance levels in Russia and Asia where girls continue to do well in math into upper grades.

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Nicely Done! To learn about how you can make a positive difference to change these statistics please contact Jaclyn Pagnotta at Jpagnotta@primetimepbc.org to see how you can get involved with Prime Time’s STE(A)M initiative. Jpagnotta@primetimepbc.org

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Startling facts Information comes from: Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics American Association for the Advancement of Science Bureau of Labor Statistics Educational Testing service EQUALS National Academy of Sciences National Education Association National Urban Coalition U.S. Census Bureau

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