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PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEM INNOVATORS: INDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING OUR NATIONS HUMAN CAPITAL

What: Public Release of the Board's Report, Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing Our Nation's Human Capital Document Cover Image
Who: Board Members, Dr. Ray Bowen (Chairman) and Dr. Camilla Benbow (STEM Innovators Project Lead); Dr. Cora Marrett (Acting NSF Director); Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy (Acting Assistant Director, NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources)
When: September 15, 2010 at 9:45 a.m. EDT (Light refreshments will be available beginning at 9:15 a.m.)
Where: The National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Note: Attendees must RSVP to NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov or call (703-292-7000). Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

For media inquiries, please contact Maria Zacharias (mzachari@nsf.gov or 703-292-8454)

Summary

The development of our nation's human capital through our education system is an essential building block for future innovation. Currently, the abilities of far too many of America's young men and women go unrecognized and underdeveloped, and, thus, they fail to reach their full potential. This represents a loss for both the individual and society. There are students with high potential from every demographic and from every part of our country, who with hard work and the proper educational opportunities, will form the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) innovators. The National Science Board (Board) believes that the recommendations set forth in this report will help ensure a legacy of continued prosperity and a renewed aspiration towards equity and excellence in U.S. STEM education.

Background for the STEM Innovators Project

To produce this report, in August 2008, the Board charged the Committee on Education and Human Resources to form an ad hoc Task Group on STEM Innovators. The Task Group was directed to identify strategies for increasing the number of future STEM innovators and synthesize recommendations for how the National Science Foundation (NSF), and possibly other Federal entities, might engage in fostering the development of these individuals. This report and the recommendations set forth herein are based on the findings from an expert panel discussion held on August 23-25, 2009, and a 2-year examination of the issue by the ad hoc Task Group.

More information about the August 2009 expert panel discussion, including a list of participants and presentation files, can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/2009/0824/index.jsp

Further information about the Board and STEM Education, see here: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/stem/

 

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