STEM education and future generations of American inventors, technologists, and explorers
On May 9, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI) at Brookings hosted NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, for a discussion of the future of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in America. With increasingly complex problems emerging throughout government and with economic competitiveness at the fore of so many public debates, STEM education has the potential to deliver mission success and continued prosperity. But questions remain about how STEM programs should be implemented and which skills should be promoted and where.
As leaders in areas of the public and private sectors that rely heavily on STEM-related skills and knowledge, Bolden and Kamen spoke to the state of STEM education across the country, why making it a national priority is critical, and how educators and policymakers can better promote STEM in the nation’s future workforce. John Allen, senior fellow and co-director of 21CSI, moderated discussion.
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