STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM skills are vital to be successful in the 21st century and critical to our collective future. Every grand challenge our world faces will be impacted by STEM. Every job, even the ones you wouldn’t expect, will require at least basic STEM skills. Research shows that STEM skills are transferable and needed in every job sector. And, while maintaining North Carolina’s scientific and technological leadership is essential to our economic growth, national security and productive future, we are facing a critical talent gap in these areas.