Data provided by https://www.google.com/trends/
To use this free web utility just bring up https://www.google.com/trends/ . I noticed the information Google provides says “a percentage of Google web searches are analyzed”, I wonder how much that might detract from the accuracy?
I started searching for the acronym “STEM” but in the suggestion of search terms it was suggested to
use all the words, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. There is a good reason to do that because just entering STEM could give results related to stem cells. I ran into this issue when I typed in “kites” and so many results came up for one month in 2010, turns out there was a movie by that name released around that time which spiked the results.
In demonstrating this utility to a friend I picked out someone with some celebrity status, “Miley Cyrus”. It was interesting to note there was a big spike in August 2013, my friend said that was the time Miley had come out with her song and video “Wrecking Ball”. To verify this theory I entered “Wrecking Ball” and darn if the spike appeared in the same time segment.
Back to my searches related to STEM and project ideas; STEM spelled out the graph is pretty level until 2011 then it starts going up. September 2013 there is a huge spike and then it goes gradually up. “STEM education” starts a gradual climb upwards in 2007 until a peak the goes up and down until the present. If anyone has ideas what has caused these trends, leave a comment.
What has been more puzzling to me is searching on the different project areas such as mousetrap cars, syringe hydraulic arms, and water rockets have shown a decline and then leveling off in recent years. As far as a spike in for STEM in 2013 there was a (STEM) Education 5-year Strategic Plan published in May 2013 on the Whitehouse website.