Title: Building the workforce of tomorrow

Authors: Sue L. Neuen, Robert M. Giasolli

Addresses: California Science Center, 700 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA. ' Neusoli, 8232 E. Skyview Dr., Orange, California 92869, USA

Abstract: Heightened international competition in innovation elevates the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education worldwide. Business, education and political arenas are committed to redesign Prek-16 STEM education to prepare a global-minded workforce where ||adaptability to new conditions|| and ||creativity for innovations|| is the measure of success. This paper focuses on six essential educational components: elevate STEM teachers; replicate success; target science and mathematics, technology and critical thinking; apply the ||change the world|| factor; embrace world citizenship; motivate with passion. The economic intent of a nation rests squarely on the educational intent.

Keywords: STEM education; global competitiveness; 21st century workforce; innovation; teaching; science; mathematics; technology; engineering; critical thinking; world citizenship; nanotechnology; economic growth; future workforce; K-12 instruction; advanced technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2008.020365

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2008 Vol.7 No.2/3, pp.265 - 273

Available online: 18 Sep 2008 *

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