In 2006, American children ranked 21st out of 30 for science literacy in the developed world according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This year, it was determined that our students are showing very little progress in math, at least according to the standards as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Clearly, as science and technology progresses, America will have to train the next generation to keep up or have our country be left behind and lose some very important ground.
With this in mind, President Obama has launched a new campaign this week, titled "Educate to Innovate". The goal of the program is "to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)".
The infamous geeks of the Discovery Chanel, the Mythbusters were on hand to help the President kick off the campaign.
In order to make this more fun and interesting to our youth, the President has enlisted the aid of the media, interactive games and volunteers in an effort to get this program which Obama calls a "national priority" off of the ground. The White house site cites the following resources that the program will utilize:
- Time-Warner Cable, Discovery Communications , Sesame Street, and other partners will get the message to kids and students about the wonder of invention and discovery.
- National Lab Day will help build communities of support around teachers across the country, culminating in a day of civic participation.
- National STEM design competitions will develop game options to engage kids in scientific inquiry and challenging designs.
- Five leading business and thought leaders (Sally Ride, Craig Barrett, Ursula Burns, Glen Britt, and Antonio Perez) will head an effort to increase private and philanthropic involvement in support of STEM teaching and learning.Giv
Given the fact that Birmingham schools have been given a 4 out of 10 ranking based on our student's past test results, it will interesting to follow this and see what the test results are four years from now in the STEM curricula.