A STEM Education, Tools to Change the World

Secretary Chu:
As you go into science
and you know about the quantitative science,
mathematics, it puts you in a very good
position so you can understand much of the world around you. Those who feel comfortable,
they don’t have to be experts, they don’t actually have to
be practicing scientists or engineers, but feel comfortable
about those things. Understanding
science, mathematics, allows you to deal with many of
the pressing issues that the general populations
will have to deal with. Craig Barrett:
The basic premise behind
stem education is really solving problems, understanding
natural phenomenon and then solving problems. In fact, there is an interesting
statistic that the most common educational background of
Fortune 500 CEOs in the United States is, it’s not business,
it’s not law; it’s engineering. Kids can get an
engineering education. They can go do anything with it. They can be a lawyer,
they can be a businessman, they can be a politician, they
can be whatever they want, but they will understand how
to solve problems and that will see them beneficiarily
through their entire career. David Zaslav:
Science, technology, engineering and math,
they are the new language. We can inspire kids and they
can begin to see the world in a way that would give them a
chance to pursue things that they never understood before. Who’s going to be an astronomer
or an engineer or a doctor, and give them the basic tool,
the foundational understanding so they can make those choices
for their path in life? But also have a chance
to understand the world better so that they can see the
world in a more intelligent and more informed way? Craig Barrett:
The individual can impact the
whole world through inventions, innovation going forward, but
to do that primarily you need a good understanding of
the math, the science and the technology behind it. Secretary Chu:
There will be Nobel
Prize-caliber discoveries that will have to be made in
order for society to better itself in a way that will
leave the children and the grandchildren a bright future. As a scientist or an engineer,
should you choose to go into that career, you will have the
tools to do many wondrous things which will, in large
part, help save the world.

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