STEM Day is celebrated by students showing off their robots and other technological inventions and devices in displays organized by technology companies and associations.
In the Florida Capitol courtyard in Tallahassee, state officials were impressed by the displays from students across Florida.
“STEM education is critical for the state of Florida,” said Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “We have one of the highest job growth rates in the nation, and as we continue to grow this economy, we want to have a workforce that is ready to meet these new businesses we have starting here.”
According to Panuccio, there are a record 292,000 unique job openings across Florida, amd more than half require STEM education. STEM jobs tend to pay more than non-STEM jobs.
“Our future leaders and innovators in this state are right here standing next to me ready to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart.