According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEAM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEAM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEAM careers and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEAM areas. Most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science - YET - mathematics and science scores among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries