Approved by the Committee on Education on July 13, 2015
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on August 27, 2015
Adopted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 2015
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports programs that foster an appreciation and understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the K-12 level. It is essential to:
- Provide all students, regardless of background or career intentions, with STEM literacy that enables them to be successful in our increasingly technological society;
- Support the development and implementation of high-quality college-preparatory and career-ready standards in STEM disciplines; and
- Encourage students to pursue careers in STEM disciplines, including civil engineering.
Our education system is not meeting the needs of our increasingly technological society. Many elementary, middle, and high school students do not receive adequate instruction, inspiration, motivation, and information to pursue STEM education at the college level. Moreover, many of these students receive little or no exposure to engineering. As a result, students who have the aptitude to be successful engineers never have an opportunity to develop an interest in this career path.
STEM education is closely linked with our nation's economic prosperity, social well-being, and environmental sustainability. Strong STEM skills are a central element of well-rounded education and essential to effective citizenship. There is a need to provide STEM education at all levels of our education system, to promote the pursuit of STEM careers, and to guide qualified students toward civil engineering careers.
ASCE Policy Statement 377
First Approved in 1991