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Q: What is STEM and how does it affect myself and my family?

A: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the programs under it are aimed at increasing the awareness of educational and career opportunities involving those topics in the general public and to increase the potential for success for those looking for a future, in some regard, with STEM, no matter how old they are or what their background may be.

Q: How long has STEM existed?

A: Initiatives to increase knowledge and opportunity in the STEM topics have existed for many years, but the current STEM initiatives as we know them publically began in 2006 courtesy of then-President George W. Bush when he announced the American Competitiveness Initiative, aimed at maintaining and increasing America’s economic and technological competitiveness through increases in long-term investing in education and research and development.