EDC has gathered educators from across the country for a February symposium in Washington to share their strategies for actively engaging youth interest in science, math, and technology. Teachers and students will offer their ideas after four years in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.
ITEST is a key player in realizing the U.S. goal to produce more science-savvy kids to fill the looming shortage of qualified workers. ITEST reaches 108,000 students and 3,800 teachers in grades 6–12, through projects in schools, universities, museums, and after-school programs. To support these efforts and disseminate the lessons learned through the program, NSF funds the ITEST Learning Resource Center.
“Political leaders, policymakers, and educators all want to ensure that students have the necessary science and technology skills to keep the United States globally competitive,” says EDC’s Joyce Malyn-Smith, who directs the ITEST Learning Resource Center. “Our project is finding successful ways to spark student interest and build skills, to position young people for futures in science and technology.”
Originally published on January 1, 2007