If you are in or around the Dallas area this month and looking for some intellectual stimulation, then you may be interested to know that the Texas STEM Coalition will be holding its 10th annual conference January 19-21, 2017 at the Dallas Intercontinental Hotel.
The STEM Center Coalition, which devotes its efforts to the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is led by a partnership of scientific innovators and educators. Their task, according to their mission statement is “to work with educators to ultimately prepare all Texas students to thrive in the 21st century global economy by leveraging its extensive networks of expertise, partnerships, resources and experience.” Their goals are threefold:
- To transform teaching and learning techniques in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Advance the enactment of innovative, research and standards-based STEM practices that prepare students with college and career-oriented objectives.
- Incorporate these practices in schools throughout Texas.
Throughout the United States, efforts are being made, in every state, to progress the advancements of these fields. According to the Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in achieving a career in one of these four vital areas of study. And, among that 16 percent, only half of those go on to pursue a college major in one of these fields.
Internationally, the United States ranks 29th in math and 22nd in science among all industrialized nations in the entire world. And, when polled, only 29% of Americans rated our education system (kindergarten through high school) as “above average” in STEM subjects.
Even President Obama was quoted as saying:
“Science is more than a school subject…It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…”
It is for this very reason that this conference is being held. If you would like to support this cause, or are just interested in learning about how STEM subjects are being advanced within the state of Texas, open enrollment for the conference is available now.
Exhibition booths and sponsorships are available. Keynote speakers will include Olympian bobsledder and former NFL wide receiver Johnny Quinn, as well as Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus Jonathan Gerlach.
For availability, admission prices, schedule and other information, please visit www.txstem.org.