Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Change the Equation

The CEOs of more than 100 companies are launching a new nonprofit initiative, Change the Equation, to turn today’s diverse generation of students into tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, and math-literate citizens. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, is one of the founders of Change the Equation. “We all know that we need to produce the next generation of rocket scientists and environmental engineers,” she says in a phone interview. “Even to get a basic living-wage job, the students of today are going to need a good education in math and science.”  

President Obama has also launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This campaign will include efforts not only from the Federal Government but also from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math. The U.S. government has pledged to recruit and train over 100,000 math and science-focused teachers in this next decade! 

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