The National Science Foundation reports that there are currently between 2 and 3 million unfilled positions in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Department of Commerce shows that in the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew at three times the rate of non-STEM jobs, a trend likely to continue and accelerate. Innovation is tightly coupled with science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM subjects. STEAM can be defined as science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.
The 2016-17 Technology Edition of THRIVE magazine has been released by the Daily Journal, in partnership with the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. "The intent of this publication," explains Alliance Vice President of Marketing & Business Attraction Lisa Wogan, "is to showcase tech advances large and small across our community - from our vibrant manufacturing, biotech, agriculture and health care industries to the growing and rich STEM education programming in our area schools."