In a 2018 review by the National Science Board, on international assessment tests, 15-year-olds in the US scored below the global average in mathematics but have science scores at or slightly above the worldwide average. And according to Girls who code, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math. Still, only 0.3% choose computer science as a major in college.
In May 2020, twenty semifinalist teams with students aged four to 16, participated in a digital version of First LEGO League’s Global Innovation Awards. This year’s challenge was to identify a problem in the students’ community and identify a unique solution using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to make their community a better place to live.