Building the future: Summit attendees discuss programs to foster STEM skills

MARIETTA — Experts say the key to creating a wider pool of skilled workers for science,…

Georgia (Sep 8, 2015)MARIETTA — Experts say the key to creating a wider pool of skilled workers for science, technology, education and math-related jobs is providing resources for children interested those subjects.


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A group of Lockheed Martin officials and local educators gathered last week during the aeronautic company’s 2015 STEM Media Summit to discuss the importance of STEM education and the availability of community-related programs…

Adrian Epps, associate dean for Secondary Science and Math Education at Kennesaw State University, said he was pleased to see Lockheed’s outreach and hoped to see more collaboration between the private sector and education institutions to streamline STEM education standards.

“I’m very interested in capitalizing on this,” Epps said. “Could there be more support? In my opinion, yes. I think there is an opportunity for advisement and consultation on helping schools really get over those larger hurdles. The integration piece is so important because educators only know what they know. Right now, from a national perspective, there aren’t any STEM standards. We have standards for science, math, engineering, technology, but as of now, there are no STEM standards by which you become prepared to teach those areas. That’s the next step for Georgia.”

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