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Even as a quarter million kids, teachers and parents descend on Washington, D.C. for the U-S-A Science and Engineering Festival this weekend, we face a shortage of engineers and scientists. Baby boomers are retiring in droves and the national pool of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math â€“ also known as STEM â€“ is shrinking, despite increased demand.
Pam Erickson, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at technology company Raytheon outlines the critical importance of STEM education.
DATA TRENDS CLEARLY INDICATE A PROBLEM. RECENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ONLY SIXTEEN PERCENT OF AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE BOTH PROFICIENT IN MATH AND INTERESTED IN A S-T-E-M CAREER BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. COMPANIES THAT DEPEND ON ENGINEERING TALENT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SHRINKING TALENT PIPELINE. TODAYâ€™S MATH AND SCIENCE STUDENTS ARE TOMORROWâ€™S TECHNOLOGY LEADERS. WE HAVE TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN ENSURING THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HAS THE FOUNDATION THEY NEED TO DRIVE FUTURE INNOVATION.
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