Did you know that there are three kinds of mathematics? The math that’s taught, the math that’s learned, and the math that’s needed in the 21st century STEM workplace. With funding support from the Advanced Technological Education Program at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Michael Hacker, Co-Director of the Hofstra Center for STEM Research, and Dr. Paul Horwitz, Senior Scientist at the Concord Consortium, organized the Needed Math Conference to study how these three “maths” differ and why they are important to the field of STEM.
The conference, held in Baltimore from January 12-15, 2018, attracted 46 attendees from three groups: mathematics educators, STEM content instructors, and STEM employers, with three fields of STEM employment represented: Information and Communication Technology, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing. A complete reporting of the findings from the conference will be produced after external evaluation and research teams analyze the data collected during the intensive discussions.