By Sara Needham
"...a nationwide wave of innovative afterschool programs designed to capture students’ imaginations and interest in computer programming, engineering, and other STEM topics. A recent Afterschool Alliance brief points out that these much-needed programs are filling a gap in STEM education, especially when it comes to computers and engineering—fields that will make up nearly 80 percent of future STEM jobs.
"By 2020 there will be nearly 1.5 million new computing jobs and 600,000 new engineering jobs, according to the brief, on computing and engineering in afterschool programs. That’s a lot of high-paying jobs. But while demand is rapidly increasing, not nearly enough college students are graduating with computer science or engineering degrees to fill these jobs. So what gives? Why the lack of interest?"