A society literate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential in an age of rapid technological advances (Statement 83.3). The American Physical Society believes students, K-12 and beyond, need high quality education in STEM-related fields to compete in our global economy (Statement 13.1). Many of today’s major issues — global warming, nuclear nonproliferation, energy security — require a firm grasp of the basic sciences to shape effective policy decisions (Statement 06.3). This expertise can only come about with a strong investment in our nation’s STEM education, at all levels. Developing an innovative national program to generate new resources, cultivate expertise, and increase capacity to meet current and future national needs is critical.
In the News
APS Urges Congress to Support Student Succeeds Act to improve K-12 science education.
A coalition of national scientific societies that supports the physical sciences strongly encourages congress to vote yes on the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” the conference agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Is STEM Education Being Left Behind?
Read what APS Director of Public Affairs Michael Lubell has to say on National Public Radio.
Read Radio Address
Department of Education AAAS Fellow
2014 marks the inaugural year for the Department of Education (ED) AAAS Fellowship program. The creation of the new fellowship position was spearheaded by APS. Julia Mundy was selected as the first Fellow and will be serving in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at ED.
Learn More About AAAS Fellowship Programs
Paul Cottle, the chair of the APS Committee on Education, has been a critical voice for physical sciences STEM Education in the state of Florida, weighing in on important questions surrounding K-12 education requirements in the physical sciences and computer science.
Op-ed: Reality Check on STEM Earnings
For the Record
Society statements on education:
- Undergraduate Research
- K-12 Education
- Career Options for Physicists
- Advocacy for Science Education
- Improving Education for Professional Ethics, Standards, and Practices
- Assessment and Science
- Kansas State Board of Education Decision
- AIP-Member Society Statement on the Education of Future Teachers
- Research in Physics Education
- Principle on Educational Program in Science and Mathematics
History of APS Involvement in Education
In partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), APS produced a booklet on the history of the Society's involvement in education.
APS Involvement in Education