The U.S. Postal Service’s STEM stamps acknowledge the role science, technology, engineering and mathematics play in keeping America a global leader in innovation. The STEM Education Forever stamps was dedicated during the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
These stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in keeping our nation a global leader in innovation while recognizing the importance of STEM in providing new opportunities for all Americans to learn and explore the world.
Designed to pique the curiosity of the viewer, each stamp features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings, and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.
In an increasingly competitive world, proficiency in the fields collectively known as STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is more critical than ever. STEM education keeps our nation a global leader in innovation while providing new opportunities for all Americans to learn and explore the world.
Concerned about government studies that project a lack of qualified citizens to fill STEM jobs in the years ahead, a coalition of federal agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educators has called for improving and expanding education in STEM fields. Their wide-ranging advocacy encourages school systems to recruit and retain more STEM teachers and for colleges and universities to recruit and graduate more STEM majors as well as more STEM-trained teachers. STEM advocates also seek to inspire children by offering them exciting and memorable STEM experiences, by making mentoring opportunities available, and by training and supporting passionate teachers. Providing minorities, women, and other underserved populations with equal access to education is also an important aspect of the STEM movement, based on the belief that expanding opportunities for everyone is the best way to ensure that the United States can retain its innovative edge.
Citizens proficient in STEM make valuable contributions to society in areas as diverse as commerce, health care, the environment, and national security, but proponents of wider access to STEM education also point out the direct benefits to individuals. STEM fosters valuable problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that apply to everyday life even for someone who does not study a STEM field in college or never pursues a STEM career—whether making health-care decisions, interpreting facts and figures, or making informed choices as both a consumer and as a voter. Beyond its professional benefits, STEM provides us with a set of tools not only for understanding how the world works, but also for engaging with it and changing it.
Artist David Plunkert worked with art director Antonio Alcalá to create these stamps. The stamp comes in pane of 20, including four different designs, one for each of the four STEM disciplines.
These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
For more information or to order, visit the Postal Store® at www.usps.com or call 800-STAMP-24.