10 STEM Education Facts About Super Bowl 50


10 STEM Education Facts About Super Bowl 50

As you settle down to watch the Super Bowl tonight, here are 10 facts for you to enjoy along with your chips and guacamole. Hope it does not cause you too much heartburn.

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  • Figures for 2012-2013, National Federation of State High School Association, .Number of high school football players: 1,093,234Number of football players who make it to the super bowl: 92
  • Number of high school football players: 1,093,234[1]
  • High school player’s chances of one day playing in the super bowl: 1 in 11,882 or 0.008416%[2]
  • Average spending on high school football per player: $829[3]
  • Average per student spending on high school math instruction: $350[4]
  • Estimate of school spending on high school football: $906.2 Million
  • Spending on college athletics: $10 Billion[5]
  • Parents Spending on Sports Annually: $900 Million[6]
  • Federal spending on STEM science, technology, engineering, and math education programs: $3 Billion[7]
  • Ranking of average US high school student among those of top 76 nations: 28[8]

[1] Figures for 2012-2013, National Federation of State High School Association, http://www.nfhs.org/content.aspx?id=3282.

[2] https://www.nfhs.org/articles/high-school-participation-increases-for-25th-consecutive-year/.

[3] While no national data is available, this estimate is based upon an analysis of a school district in the Western, US conducted by Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University, http://edunomicslab.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/104.pdf.

[4] Id.

[5] The Chronicle of Higher Education, http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Myth-College-Sports-Are-a-Cash-Cow2.aspx.

[6] Includes registration fees, travel, equipment, https://www.capcredit.com/how-much-americans-spend-on-sports-each-year/.

[7] According to the proposed 2016 White House budget, https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_fact_sheet_2016_budget.pd.

[8] The OECD Report suggests that if US invested more to ensure that at least all students were proficient in math and science over $27 trillion dollars would be added to the national economy over the course of the students’ working lives.http://www.cnbc.com/2015/05/13/singapore-tops-oecds-global-school-ranking-us-placed-28th.html.


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