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Today, President Barack Obama launched  the Change the Equation, an effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative, will replicate successful privately-funded programs in 100 high-need schools and communities such as efforts to allow more students to engage in robotics competitions, improve professional development for math and science teachers, increase the number of students that take and pass rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) math and science courses, increase the number of teachers who enter the profession with a STEM undergraduate degree and provide new opportunities to traditionally underrepresented students and underserved communities. Change the Equation will also create a state-by-state “scorecard” to highlight areas for state-level improvement, and help companies increase the impact of their own engagement in STEM education.

The nonprofit was founded by former astronaut Sally Ride and current and former CEOs from Intel, Xerox, Time Warner Cable and Eastman Kodak.

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Experts gathered in Washington, DC in early April 2010 to continue the discussion about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Intel’s Visionary Conference 2010. The theme at this year’s conference was “Technology @ the Intersection of Educational Change.” Experts at the conference dialogued about some alarming statistics from the 2009 McKinsey Report, “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools.” According to the report, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2008 would have been $1.3 trillion to $2.3 trillion higher if students in the U.S. had performed as well as the average student in the best-performing nation.

Experts at the conference also discussed the 2009 Speak Up survey from Project Tomorrow, a national nonprofit group. Project Tomorrow surveyed students and parents about different educational topics. According to the survey, high school students say that it’s important to learn math to get into college.  Parents also mention that math is important to their child’s success because it helps to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Experts also want to focus on getting more young female students and minorities to take up an interest in STEM careers.

For more information about the recent conference, visit http://www.intel.com/education/ and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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