4-H Science, Engineering & Technology: Revisiting How the US Engages Young Minds in Science, Engineering and Technology

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A response to recommendations contained in The National Academies' Rising Above the Gathering Storm Report report. By Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D., Director of Youth Development, National 4-H Headquarters, Cooperative State Research Education, and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture
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  Revisiting How the US Engages Young MindsIn Science, Engineering, and Technology   A response to the recommendations containedin The National Academies’ “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report    By Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D., Director o Youth Development,National 4-H Headquarters, Cooperative State Research Education,and Extension Service, United States Department o Agriculture WithKristin McClanahan Jennier Zaniewski  A joint publication of:  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential,working and learning in partnership with caring adults.Learn more at www.4-H.org  Revisiting How the US Engages Young MindsIn Science, Engineering, and Technology   A response to the recommendations containedin The National Academies’ “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report    By Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D., Director o Youth Development,National 4-H Headquarters, Cooperative State Research Education,and Extension Service, United States Department o Agriculture WithKristin McClanahan Jennier Zaniewski  A joint publication of:  2 Executive Summary Science, engineering, and technology (SET) literacy is increasingly becoming a prerequisite or active and inormed citizenship. As theglobal economy expands and workorce demands change, the need toimprove the knowledge and application o these disciplines will only grow. Yet it is doubtul whether young people in America today will betruly prepared or the complex world o tomorrow. The groundbreak-ing 2006 report,  Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and  Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future , oers strategiesto address this and other signicant challenges to maintaining thenation’s preeminent status as a scientic and technological innovator.However, in ailing to incorporate out-o-school time (OST) programsinto its recommendations, the report misses an important part o theequation: when it comes to encouraging young minds and enlargingthe pipeline o students who are both passionate about and pro-cient in SET, the learning that happens outside o the classroom isequally as important as what takes place during the school day. OSTprograms, such as those that are part o the 4-H Science, Engineeringand Technology Mission Mandate and others like them, are already investing in the nation’s youngest scientists and engineers. Theseprograms need to be part o the long-term solution or improving theSET literacy and aptitude o America’s youth. I. What Does It Really Mean to Rise Above the Gathering Storm? Leadership in both the public and private sectors recognizes that America’s ability to compete in a knowledge-based, global economy largely depends upon two things: 1) a population that is well trainedand technically competent, and 2) the scientic and technological in-novations they produce (National Academies, 2006, ES-1). Yet or therst time in decades, America’s competitive position is in jeopardy.Student interest and perormance in science and technology-relatedsubjects continue to decline, while the market’s demand or pro-ciency in these same areas is on the rise. US students are also allingbehind their international peers when it comes to earning degreesand pursuing SET careers. As industry leaders struggle to ll positionsin these sectors rom a dwindling American talent pool, it has becomepainully clear that the nation is ailing to create and ll its pipelineor uture innovation. OST programs in SET playa vital role in meetingstudents’ needs.… The valueo these programs as parto a holistic approach toincreasing the number oyouth with an interest andcompetence in SET cannotbe ignored and merits newlevels o public and privateinvestment.
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