The National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), believes strongly that there is an American crisis in science and technology education. At our I/ITSEC event, you will see more science, technology, engineering and math programs than ever before. The "America’s Teachers" program has been greatly enhanced and will once again bring science and math teachers from across the nation to I/ITSEC. This, coupled with the Future Leaders Pavilion, the Serious Games Challenge and Student Tours, will combine to make I/ITSEC a true STEM experience. And look for even more this upcoming year as NTSA rededicates itself to a continuing role in meeting this existential challenge to our national security.
I/ITSEC, Education, and the STEM Initiative
What is the “STEM Initiative”?
The “STEM Initiative” supports and promotes activities encouraging students’ interest and pursuit in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Why is the STEM Initiative Important?
“For most of the 20th century, the American education system provided a substantial part of the talent and proficiency needed to sustain and improve our way of life.
… Today, however, as the U.S. economy becomes even more reliant on workers with greater knowledge and technological expertise, the domestic supply of qualified workers is not keeping up with the skill demands. This need is demonstrated by the following statistics:
- By 2010, if current trends continue, more than 90 percent of all scientists and engineers in the world will be living in Asia.
- More than 50 percent of all engineering doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. engineering colleges are to foreign nationals.
- Although U.S. fourth graders score well against international competition, they fall near the bottom or dead last by 12th grade in mathematics and science, respectively.
- To maintain our country’s competitiveness in the 21st century, we must cultivate the skilled scientists and engineers’ needed to create tomorrow’s innovations.
Source: Report “Tapping America’s Potential: The Education for Innovation Initiative”
How does I/ITSEC Support the STEM Initiative?
We invite you to follow the links and find out more about the various activities involved.