STEM Education is an attempt to revolutionize education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Put forth by Judith Ramaley in 2001, it emphasizes the importance of those four fields of education and attempts to teach them in an integrated manner, instead of being separate subjects learned independently. It attempts to teach more advanced subjects at earlier ages than traditional methods of education, with emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving.
A report by the Joint Economic Committee of the Senate states that these skills have helped bring about technological innovation throughout the 20th century, and are increasingly important to remain competitive in job markets today. It claims that the demand will continue to grow for the forseeable future, while the amount of STEM-qualified workers is currently shrinking.