A quick update on what’s going on with “STEM” — where there is a movement in the U.S. to get 100,000 more teachers, as well as a website categorizing who’s doing what in the science-math-engineering-tech career field.
A science and engineering festival will be held April 28-29, in D.C. It should be big — last year’s attracted half a million people. Hosted by Lockheed Martin, the D.C. event is aimed at getting high school and college students psyched about left-brain careers.
The “career pavilion” at the fair will include 1) leaders in the field, such as the CEO of a space-tourism company; 2) representatives from universities like Georgia Tech, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering; 3) a “Meet the Scientists Area” with, among others, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and neuroscientist; and 4) reps from companies who recruit science types — firms like AT&T, Microsoft, the CIA, and others.
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Besides Lockheed Martin, event sponsors include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, AT&T, the Life Technologies Foundation, Microsoft, 3M, Baxter, Raytheon, Biogen Idec Foundation, and others.