Envisioning STEM education for all
AZTC CEO Steve Zylstra shares his enthusiasm for STEM education, discusses the success that the SciTech Institute has achieved in taking the lead in Arizona’s next-generation workforce with its annual Arizona SciTech Festival and Chief Science Officers program, his contribution in developing a five-year STEM education strategic plan during the State-Federal STEM Education Summit and the report issued by the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science & Technology Council.
Whether it’s our annual Arizona SciTech Festival or Chief Science Officers program, the SciTech Institute has been successful in getting a new generation excited about taking the lead in the next generation of our state’s workforce.
As it turns out, the Institute (previously known as the Arizona Technology Council Foundation) is totally in synch with a new initiative to take the lessons of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and use them to benefit the entire nation.
“Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education” is a report just issued by the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science & Technology Council. Its purpose is to offer a federal strategy based on a vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the nation will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation and employment.
I was fortunate to be a member of the group that helped develop this 5-year STEM education strategic plan during the State-Federal STEM Education Summit hosted during the summer by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Also nominated by Gov. Doug Ducey to attend the two-day meeting was Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, a council partner that has been heavily in involved in STEM workforce development.
According to the report, this vision for the future will be achieved by pursuing three critical goals:
• Build strong foundations for STEM literacy
• Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM
• Prepare the STEM workforce for the future
To read the article in its entirety, visit here.