The nation’s future success can be summed up in four letters: S, T, E and M.
This is the message Postal Service leaders and others delivered at the STEM Education stamp dedication ceremony April 6.
“In an increasingly competitive world, proficiency in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as STEM, is more critical than ever,” Marketing Vice President Steven Monteith told attendees.
Informed Delivery, a USPS feature that allows users to digitally preview their incoming mail and manage their packages, is one example.
“Informed Delivery is one of our most exciting innovations, and it’s already very popular,” Monteith said, noting the feature has almost 9 million users.
The ceremony was held at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, an annual celebration of STEM subjects in Washington, DC. Other speakers included Marc Schulman, the festival’s executive director, and Courtney Pine, a “kid reporter” with Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
The stamps call attention to the need for workers to fill critical STEM jobs in the years ahead, a priority to ensure the United States remains a global leader in innovation.
The STEM Education stamps feature four designs, one for each discipline. Each design depicts a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM subjects.