This week, a new campaign called “Blow Minds, Teach STEM,” was launched to inspire undergraduates and recent graduates with strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to become teachers.

The US ranks 27th in math and 20th in science among industrialized countries, slotting in somewhere between the Slovak Republic and Lithuania. There is no way of turning around these dismal results without great math, science, technology, and engineering (STEM) teachers in our nation’s schools. Because of this, President Obama called for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in his 2011 State of the Union Address.

The campaign celebrates the power and excitement of STEM teaching. As the call to ac­tion on the website explains, “The future of everything you love (like iPhones and baby pandas and online food delivery), and everything our nation needs (like bridges and not-cancer and cleaner energy) depends on having excellent STEM teachers ASAP.”

You can join in this effort to bolster and grow our national STEM teaching force by visiting

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