“Houston, we have a problem…”

And now, some news from Space Foundation, the world’s premier non-profit leader in space awareness:

“Houston, we have a problem…”

  • 50% of US jobs by 2026 will require STEM, yet our universities are only graduating 15% in STEM. Why has STEM fallen short on workforce and economic development?

 

  • American kids want to be YouTube influencers, while Chinese kids want to be astronauts (Harris Poll/LEGO® survey). Are our youth lacking space role models?

 

  • The Space Economy is a $400 billion enterprise, growing to $1-3 trillion by 2040, and our daily lives are entirely reliant on space infrastructure. Who will fill these jobs?  

 

The Moon-to-Mars Development Project will inspire STEM students, but there is an immediate opportunity on planet Earth: While STEM is the launchpad to space technology-based careers, it also launches opportunities in agriculture, education, energy, finance, government, healthcare, IoT, manufacturing medicine, telecommunications, transportation and every other facet of our lives.  

This fall, Space Foundation will announce its robust roadmap to turn around the global STEM-based job shortage by diversifying the space economy to include entrepreneurs, minority businesses and displaced workers, as well as grooming the next New Space generation to make an impact.

Best known for its annual Space Symposium and The Space Report, the Space Foundation has spent 35+ years laying the groundwork for an actionable Space Technology Workforce Roadmap of proactive programs, supported by a vibrant Space Technology Ecosystem of 1,000s of space leaders, entrepreneurs, partners teachers and mentors from around the world. Together, they pave the road to space technology-based careers that can fulfill the vital needs of the Earth today.

Many programs are already up and running, so they have many real-world case examples of bridging STEM to Space inclusively for the betterment of life on Earth. Learn more.

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