A Commitment to Education

The National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), believes strongly that there is an American crisis in science and technology education. Each year I/ITSEC promotes science, technology, engineering, and math programs in action.

Look for even more this upcoming year as NTSA rededicates itself to a continuing role in meeting this existential challenge to our national security.

Debuting with I/ITSEC 2021, our EcosySTEM of Learning focuses on building upon our past success by strategically building interest and educational momentum through our STEM initiatives. These initiatives are designed to build confidence and grow competencies by providing holistic training paths which prepare today’s learners for a successful tomorrow.

What is the EcosySTEM of Learning?

The EcosySTEM of Learning, enabled by NTSA, provides a multidimensional STEM program platform which offers many opportunities at I/ITSEC and throughout the year. Initiatives are tailored to support (1) self-motivated learners that prefer independent learning, (2) friendly competitions, and (3) peer collaboration.

This robust approach provides both physical and virtual platforms for global participation by students, teachers, and industry professionals which are given opportunities to observe, interact, and experience situation immersion.

In summary, the EcosySTEM of Learning demonstrates applications of DoD technology through education initiatives, sample national initiatives highlighting military/community partnerships in education, benchmark outreach programs by companies to support education, undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate opportunities in STEM to support the future workforce.

Why are STEM Initiatives 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:

  • ... 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"

Why is the EcosySTEM of Learning Relevant?

The ecosystem is designed to be adaptive, capable of incorporating the latest sciences, technologies, and challenges into the many initiatives fostered within the ecosystem.

The ecosystem focuses on three fundamentals of the knowledge lifecycle – absorbing knowledge (America’s Students), sharing knowledge (America’s Teachers), and applying knowledge (America’s Workforce).

Stimulation for learning opportunities may be through observation, hands-on or interactive activities or immersion designed to tax the human sensory system.  Each initiative is designed to drive curiosity, ambition, and a desire to learn.

What are some of the EcosySTEM of Learning of initiatives?

  • Guided tours of the I/ITSEC exhibit floor
  • Virtual tours
  • Serious Games Showcase & Challenge
  • EcosySTEM of Learning Pavilion
  • Discovery Den (new presentation area in Pavilion!)
  • Student focused workshops
  • Teacher focused workshops
  • Workforce focused workshops
  • Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s StemCONNECT
  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • Postgraduate scholarships
  • Career Fair
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Which fundraisers support these initiatives?

  • Earle L. Denton Memorial Golf Tournament
  • 5K Run

We invite you to review the website and find out more about the various activities involved.