Connecting Mathematics and Science to Workplace Contexts: A Guide to Curriculum Materials reviews 23 curricula which incorporate workplace experiences in science and mathematics education. Curriculum samples illustrate challenging science learning opportunities in work-based settings, from hematology laboratories to soda bottling companies. A guide to tying curriculum to workplace settings helps educators, curriculum developers, and supervisors meet national curriculum standards, chart key characteristics of successful curricula, and create their own curriculum materials. To order a copy, please see Corwin Press.
Jan Kettelwell, Sheila Jones and Rosalind Barnes (2008). Tools for Building Community Engagement and Support for High Quality Science Education and the Workforce “Pipeline”.
In a recent report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Public Agenda, parents and students acknowledge the national importance of mathematics, science, and technology but fail to see the importance for themselves. “Important, but Not for Me: Parents and Students in Kansas and Missouri Talk about Math, Science, and Technology Education” frames this phenomenon, labeled by Public Agenda as an ‘urgency gap.’ The NSF-funded University System of Georgia Math and Science Partnership (MSP) shares the public relations and other tools researched, developed, and implemented as part of their work, as well as other aspects of their overall strategy.
National Science Foundation (2003-2010). Community Science Workshops: Beginning a National Movement.
Community Science Workshops (CSW): Beginning a National Movement is an innovative project that brings science to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Its efforts target African-American, Hispanic and Native American children in grades K-8 and their families. CSWs have demonstrated their ability to serve large numbers of youth, approximately 50,000 per year in after school programs alone; provide long-term support for participants; create multi-faceted science-focused programming that serves youth, parents and teachers in creative and appropriate ways; and generate sufficient financial resources to become self-sustaining.
Congressional Research Service (2009). The U.S. Science and Technology Workforce.
In the 21st century, global competition and rapid advances in science and technology will challenge the scientific and technical proficiency of the U.S. workforce. Policymakers often discuss policy actions that could enhance the nation’s science and technology (S&T) workforce— deemed by some as essential to both meet U.S. workforce demands as well as to generate the new ideas that lead to improved and new industries that create jobs.
National Academies Press (2007). Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.
In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas. This congressionally requested report by a pre-eminent committee makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology efforts on meeting the nation's needs. Some actions will involve changing existing laws, while others will require financial support that would come from reallocating existing budgets or increasing them. Rising Above the Gathering Storm will be of great interest to federal and state government agencies, educators and schools, public decision makers, research sponsors, regulatory analysts, and scholars.
National Academies Press (2009). Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Two Years Later: Accelerating Progress Toward a Brighter Economic Future.
Rising Above the Gathering Storm Two Years Later: Accelerating Progress Toward a Brighter Economic Future summarizes a convocation held in April 2008 to commemorate the release of the original Gathering Storm report. The convocation featured participation by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, leaders from industry and academia, and other experts. The discussions reviewed progress made thus far in implementing the Gathering Storm recommendations to strengthen K-12 education in math and science, research, higher education, and the environment for innovation. Participants also noted that much additional work is needed to ensure that America remains a leader in science and engineering in the long term.
Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads