Educational Technology

February 23, 2012

U.S. needs to spark girls’ interest in technology

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Kimberly Brown, Washington Post

President Obama and American firms have every reason to be concerned about the number of Americans who are pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. In the United States, 30 percent of bachelor degrees are awarded in scientific disciplines, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF), compared with 50 percent in Asia. Moreover, the U.S. has experienced a five percent decline between 2000 and 2006 in the number of foreign students relocating here to pursue those careers. The data underscore the need to formulate strategies to enhance and promote an interest in STEM to support U.S. economic growth and continued innovation.

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