White House Releases Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 Report

February 9, 2010

Last week, the White House released its Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report. The report is produced every two years. According to the report, the state of U.S. science and engineering is still strong, but our nation’s global primacy in science and engineering has dropped significantly in the past few years. The result has something to do with the increasing capabilities among East Asian nations, especially China.

The report also reflects on elementary and secondary science and math education, the science and engineering labor force. The public attitudes and understanding about science and technology were also showed in the report.

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National Lab Day

February 9, 2010

For those who don’t know about National Lab Day, it is a nationwide movement to bring together stakeholders in communities of support where science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals work together to provide more science experiences to students. National Lab Day is not just one day but a week in May.  Teachers will get the opportunity to work with outside experts. You can simply go on NationalLabDay.org to enter the science project you are interested in teaching, N.L.D. will match teachers with volunteer scientists and engineers in their areas for mentoring. Teachers should become a part of National Lab Day!

This is a great chance for teachers to implement hands-on projects, mentor a student, or even to start a fund-raising to buy needed supplies.  National Lab Day will inspire numerous students.

Read Tom Friedman’s column on innovation and NLD