Louisiana STEM Initiative

Louisiana STEM Initiative

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) encompasses the knowledge, skills, and ways of investigating and making sense of our world that are essential to each of the STEM disciplines (from National Research Council, 2014): 

  • Science refers to both the body of knowledge that explains our natural world as well as the practices we engage in to build this knowledge.

STEM Pathways Key Initiative One-Pager

Key Initiative One-Pager

  • Technology is any human-designed tool or process that solves a problem.

  • Engineering is a body of knowledge about the design and creation of technology as well as the process and practices we engage in to solve problems.

  • Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and space, including logical arguments and claims. 

Students who engage in quality STEM experiences are better equipped to respond to life’s challenges and make informed decisions as empowered members of society. Engineering design offers students an opportunity to develop their problem-solving abilities, which in turn supports the foundations of math problem solving and algebraic processes. Scientific thinking and understanding are useful tools, not just for scientists and other STEM professionals, but for our students as they approach complex challenges in their everyday lives. Quality STEM experiences employ the skills and practices required in all STEM disciplines and share deep connections to core math and science instruction.

Over the next 12 years, Louisiana and the nation will see a surge in the number of job opportunities available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as STEM.

Furthermore, ACT’s 2018 Louisiana State of STEM report showed that 51% of Louisiana students indicated having an interest in STEM majors and/or careers, but only 10% met the STEM benchmark demonstrating their readiness for math and science coursework in college.

In order to better meet workforce demands, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the LaSTEM Council and the Governor’s office have teamed up to ensure Louisiana’s students have exposure to STEM courses and credentials starting in elementary school and continued through college.

STEM Pathways

Louisiana STEM Pathways are part of the Jump Start Initiative, Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program. The STEM Pathways better prepare students to seek a STEM degree in college or enter the workforce having earned certifications in high-wage career sectors. STEM Pathways are designed for students seeking either a TOPS Tech Diploma or University Diploma.

STEM Pathways Map (January 2020)


STEM Pathway Brief - Biomedical Sciences Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Computing Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Cyber Security Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Digital Design and Emergent Media Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Environmental Protection and Sustainability Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Pre-Engineering Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Pre-Pharmacy Download


ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Biomedical Sciences Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Computing Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Pre-Engineering Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - PLTW Pre-Engineering Download

If you have questions about the development of any of these courses, or would like for your school to participate in a pilot, please contact STEM@la.gov.