The BHEF U.S. STEM Education Model

The BHEF U.S. STEM Education Model, developed by the Raytheon company and gifted to the Business-Higher Education Forum®, allows users to simulate various scenarios to determine their potential to increase the number of students choosing to major and graduate in STEM disciplines (download brochure here). The model uses census data and standardized test scores to track the flow of students through the K-16 education system and into careers in STEM teaching or STEM industries. To capture some of the nuances of persistence in STEM disciplines, the model sorts students into high and low levels of STEM interest and math proficiency. Many factors affect the number of students who ultimately pursue STEM careers. The model attempts to capture these factors through a series of dynamic hypotheses and feedback loops that together determine the behavior of the system.

The model is available for use on a web-based platform. Using this interface, you may run simulations that allow you to examine how various policy changes affect the number of STEM students and graduates in the pipeline.

Run The Model

As an open innovation model, this tool is available for researchers, policymakers, modelers, and other concerned stakeholders to download and adapt. Click here to open a zip file of the model components.

The model is free to download, but you will need the Vensim® program to manipulate/make changes to the model.

The U.S. STEM Education Model was originally developed by the Raytheon Company and contributed by the Raytheon Company to the Business-Higher Education Forum in 2009.