How to Revamp Education for 21st Century Learners

Big names in education, technology and public policy gather at SciAm's STEM Executive Summit to discuss how science is transforming education

  1. This year, over a hundred educators, corporate representatives, journalists, and policy experts were in attendence.
  2. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director of Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, kicked off the conference by presenting the Obama Administration's agenda for STEM education.
  3. The issues of STEM diversity Handelsman discussed in her keynote propogated throughout the meeting.
  4. Later, the Executive Director of STEM at the U.S. Department of Education, Russell Shilling, led an interactive session where participants provided feedback on the department's 10-year vision for STEM Education.
  5. John Sotos and Donna Nelson (science advisers for House M.D. and Breaking Bad, respectively) gave attendees a behind-the-scenes look at how popular media choose to portray science. They discussed the challenges of achieving artistic vision without forfeiting scientific accuracy. Sotos and Nelson also joined Jo Handelsman for a discussion on diversifying the media's portrayal of people in STEM fields.
  6. Other speakers provided insight into how parents and teachers can better frame STEM education to engage students in these subjects.
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