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ERIC Number: EJ829519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
A STEM Brainstorm at NASA
Farmer, Tom
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n1 p42-43 Jan 2009
"I wanna be an astronaut when I grow up" was a common refrain from children in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it might have given the U.S. space program leaders a false sense of security that an endless line of well-qualified workers would be waiting outside their door for years to come. The reality has been that not enough students have chosen science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) tracks in college, so it's more difficult to find the necessary engineers, chemists, programmers and pilots required to propel the space program to new heights. However, there is good news. NASA is now well aware of the problem and has begun taking steps to remedy the situation. In conjunction with the October 2007 launching of Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA hosted an educational forum titled "Attracting Top-Performing Students to STEM Education Programs and Careers." Fifty leading educators, students and corporate officials from across the United States were brought together for the event, including executives from Yahoo and eBay and educators from Stanford, MIT, Purdue and other universities. The goal was to discuss strategies to inspire future generations of explorers and innovators. Forum members divided into groups and brainstormed ways top students could be persuaded to choose STEM-related careers. Among the ideas were summer programs and camps, competitions, more career strands, student tours of NASA sites, astronauts in the classroom, and better videos touting careers. Forum leaders planned to compile the group's findings, issue a report, and remain in contact with participants to keep ideas flowing for ways to stimulate student interest in STEM.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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