A Meeting of the Minds

I can’t wait for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to kick off in only 10 days. It is always incredible to see more than 1,500 of the world’s smartest young scientists to gather in one place at one time. How timely then, that I’ve also noticed a lot of education discussion this week around American’s need to pay closer attention to the benefits of science.

In a recent speech at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama made it clear that he believes science is essential to society’s prosperity, and should not be treated as an afterthought or merely a hobby. Intel believes that fostering a love of science and math in students is one way to help improve global education. And, it’s thanks to teachers like Anthony Mullen, who was named teacher of the year this week by the President, who contribute to this cause.

With all of these great signs of progress, I was curious to read the recent study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress that concludes high school students tend to make the least amount of improvements on science and math standardize tests. Despite programs like “No Child Left Behind” which prods schools to improve test scores each year, high school students still aren’t showing improvement in math and science. Do you think we need to put more emphasis on science and math, or just attribute the low test scores to a larger population?

Whatever the case, on May 10th we can see the real power of education and science at its best when the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair kicks off. Remember to check back during the week of May 10th for updates on the competition live from Reno! You can also follow updates on Twitter @intelisef and @intelinspire. You can also check out video from last year’s competition.

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