The US News and World Report recently published an article featuring Mae Jemison, former NASA Astronaut and her thoughts on how to improve STEM education. She stresses the need to make STEM subjects less intimidating, more exciting and to increase outreach efforts to ensure that more women and minorities pursue STEM fields. “The key, she and others said, is to make every student at least "STEM literate," comfortable with using the scientific method – and technology – to generate ideas, test them, and then analyze and translate the results. And we need to start early.” As we’ve discussed in this blog, 3D has been show to not only engage every and all students regardless of background or gender with STEM subjects across disciplines, but it has also been shown to increase their retention and understanding of STEM subjects while making them more palatable and exciting. Being able to see a molecule or dissect an animal, up close from any angle and in 3D has a remarkable effect on student understanding and interest interest in STEM subjects. As we continue to look for ways to engage students in STEM and encourage them to pursue STEM related careers, 3D remains a powerful tool in the hands of both educators and students alike.