As October begins, #STEMtember, our month long focus on promoting the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has wrapped up. We had a busy month of STEM education announcements and events across Microsoft and hopefully we managed to encourage some students, parents, and teachers to consider the importance of STEM education both for themselves and for society at large.

We started the month by releasing the findings of a survey that asked parents and students what did they think of STEM education. Discussion over these findings took place throughout the month on Twitter using the tag #STEMtember.

#STEMtember also featured a number of blogs highlighting some of the interesting careers you can pursue by studying STEM subjects:

· The 4 coolest STEM careers I wish I studied for…

· Meteorologist: Heroes of #STEMtember: Sunny science with Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell

· Xbox 360 Kinect Hero: Heroes of #STEMtember: Atari, Math, and Trek dreams turning to reality with Kudo Tsunoda

· Coolest Math Professor: Heroes of STEMtember: A teacher of teachers creates innovative math curriculum using tech

· Bing Genius: Heroes of #STEMtember: Science is life with Stefan Weitz

· A Boeing Test Pilot: Heroes of #STEMtember: Engineering the power to fly high

· Exploring the question: What does your dad think you want to be when you grow up?

Who was your favorite Hero of STEMtember? Tell us on Twitter- #STEMtember

Given the great response we’ve had to the Heroes of STEMtember series, we plan to feature a new STEM Hero every month. If you have any suggestions for someone to include in the series let us know in the comments section of this blog or on Twitter by sending a message to @MSFTcitizenship.

We’ll continue to focus on STEM through the year, thanks to everyone for their support through #STEMtember.