Sep 13

Past Event

Science and Technology Education: Preparing and Inspiring America’s Next Generation



  • STEM Education Is Vital

    Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.): STEM education is vital; the America Competes Act is designed to help make the nation more competitive in the global marketplace.

  • Stressing Importance of Math, Science

    Brian Greene, Columbia University: Many American students discount the need for math and science, but they''re both critically important to nearly every aspect of our lives.

  • Federal and Local Cooperation

    Eric Lander, Presidents Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST): The PCAST report highlights the need for cooperation on the federal, state and regional levels.

  • Economy Demands Trained Workforce

    James Simons, Math for America: The economy of today and tomorrow demands a workforce that has a strong foundation in math and science. American students are largely ill-prepared for such careers.

  • Preparing America's Next Generation for Math and Science

    Full Event: A panel of leaders from academia, Congress and the administration, moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr., discussed key issues in STEM education.


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Our nation's future competitiveness relies on having a workforce highly skilled in mathematics and science. Yet efforts to educate our young people in these critical areas, particularly at the secondary school level, have fallen behind those of almost all other advanced nations. The President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology is preparing a report advising the Obama administration on ways to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, especially at the K-12 level.

On September 13, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Math for America hosted a discussion about key issues in STEM education. A panel of leaders from academia, Congress and the administration, moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr., focused on these critical issues, including the development of a steady supply of outstanding teachers in math, science and technology Eric Lander, co-chair of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, provided preliminary insights gleaned in the course of the PCAST's ongoing study.

After the program, panelists will take questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introductory Remarks

    • James Simons

      Founder, Simons Foundation

      Founder and Chairman, Math for America

  • Moderator

  • Overview

    • Eric Lander

      Co-Chair, President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology

      Founding Director, Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard

  • Discussion

    • Robert Birgeneau


      University of California, Berkeley

    • The Honorable Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.)


      Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives

    • Brian Greene

      Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Columbia University

      Co-Founder, World Science Festival

    • Susan Hockfield


      Massachusetts Institute of Technology


September 13, 2010

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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