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Minnesota Compass and Boston Scientific pleased to launch innovative STEM cradle-to-career data portal

This is a Guest Blog Post from Caryn Mohr,  Research Scientist at Wilder Research.
 
 
Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of serving as lead researcher on an initiative to develop an innovative STEM cradle-to-career data and research portal for supporting STEM education and workforce needs in Minnesota. Boston Scientific provided support for the project to better understand the state of Minnesota’s STEM continuum and help target resources most effectively. On Oct. 1, we launched the new STEM section of Minnesota Compass, a community indicators project of Wilder Research
 
The website helps us understand how Minnesota is faring on key measures of STEM success from PreK-mid career, best practices that can inform action, and whether we are making progress over time. Data are provided at the statewide, regional, and county levels. For example, data from ACT, Inc. on high school graduates’ interest in pursuing a STEM major is provided down to the county level. We have striking disparities in Minnesota, and another key goal of the project is to provide data and resources for addressing gaps by race/ethnicity, gender, and income status.
 
The process we used to develop the cradle-to-career framework has been an important aspect of the work. A large advisory committee of STEM stakeholders came together to provide input on the framework and key measures tracked on the site. Committee meetings were co-convened by cross-sector leadership, including Marilee Grant, Boston Scientific; Paul Mattessich, Wilder Research; Doug Paulson, Minnesota Department of Education; Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minnesota High Tech Association; and Rose Chu, Metropolitan State University. What’s particularly exciting is that partners want to continue the conversations, and we’re working with key advisors on a convening to consider action items based on the data.
 
We encourage you to check the What’s New page for articles by Marilee Grant, project lead from Boston Scientific, and myself on why the project is important to building a pipeline of talent and how the framework was developed. The initiative was also recently featured in a news story by KSTP-TV. You can also stay connected to the effort through the Minnesota Compass Twitter feed and Facebook page, and  use the #CompassSTEM hashtag to join the conversation. 
 
Author: Caryn Mohr, Research Scientist, Wilder Research 
Caryn Mohr can be reached at caryn.mohr@wilder.org. Follow her on Twitter @carmohr.
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Leo A. Daly III of LEO A DALY

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMconnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Leo A Daly III of LEO A DALY

 

Leo A Daly III, FAIA, RIBA, FRAIA, is Chairman and CEO of LEO A DALY, a U.S.-based international architecture, planning, engineering and interiors firm. As such, he leads a team of professionals schooled in STEM disciplines who put their education and experience to work every day designing beautiful, comfortable, safe, and sustainable buildings.
Mr. Daly, who holds professional registration as an architect in 48 states and several countries, received his degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is a member of its Board of Trustees.

In 1981 he became chairman of the architectural firm founded by his grandfather and nurtured by his father. Since then, he has provided visionary guidance for the firm’s many professionals who serve as teachers, mentors, advisors, and jurors for students preparing for STEM design careers.

A supporter of STEM education, Mr. Daly believes in combining professionals from engineering, architecture, planning, and interior design into teams, assuring easy communication and headache-free projects for clients. His own teaming skills have garnered him international relations awards from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Italy, and the government of Hong Kong, SAR. The firm’s Cheung Kong Center there is a towering example of STEM proficiencies.

Mr. Daly is a Fellow of the American and Australian Institutes of Architects and has been awarded the Society of American Military Engineers’ Urbahn Medal in recognition of his work in architecture, particularly leading the design and construction oversight teams of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Op-Ed

At LEO A DALY, we’re passionate about architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design, all professions that require grounding in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Whether we’re planning a campus, designing a building, engineering a control tower, or calculating the materials required for elegant and long-lasting interiors, we’re applying STEM concepts every day. We bring creativity and innovation to each STEM task, and we believe the combination is a powerful one—not just in our field, but in multiple fields critical to our nation’s future. We encourage our designers and engineers to dream and envision, to think critically, and to always try new things, because history tells us that many of our nation’s most innovative solutions emerged from repeated experiments. Today technological tools like Building Information Modeling software allow us to experiment virtually—identifying a building’s design issues before construction ever begins. We think advancing technologies will contribute in similar ways to our quest for sustainable building solutions.

For a building to succeed, every aspect of its design—from how it is structured to the size of its mechanical systems to the materials used—must be integrated and harmonious. And because each of a building’s elements are designed and configured by different professionals—an architect for one, an engineer for another—such integration requires constant collaboration. We determined long ago that multidisciplinary project teams—whose members sit together and talk with each other—head off potential design issues before they become problems. And that makes a client’s project smooth and headache-free. Our firm pioneered this STEM-friendly way of working in the architectural industry, and we apply it successfully in other ways—via cross-company training, development, and a Leadership Institute involving team members from every department, role, and responsibility level.

We believe strongly in the role of STEM in everything we do, and we invest accordingly in programs that educate and train the professionals we want to hire. Through our nearly 100 years in the architecture/engineering/design business, we’ve sent cadres of LEO A DALY volunteers into STEM classrooms to serve as teachers and mentors; we’ve provided job shadowing to any student eager to observe our work and how we go about it. We’ve also committed steady financial support to STEM endeavors; for 40 years we’ve contributed funding for an international scholarship within the University of Nebraska’s school of architecture (we have been headquartered in Omaha since our company’s founding there), and we support the Society of American Military Engineers’ mentoring program, a natural fit for a firm like ours who regularly partners with the Federal government on veterans’ hospitals and other facilities. Our executives have also been active in raising nearly $2 billion in funds for the University of Nebraska, an amount which includes $8 million dedicated to the school of architecture and engineering.

We’re very proud of one STEM initiative in particular—our support of the Peter Kiewit Institute, a high-technology learning and research institute that is home to 1500 students from two University of Nebraska colleges—Engineering and Sciences and Technology. An important part of the Institute’s mission is to develop a high-tech workforce to meet industry, business and government needs, and we consistently hire well-trained Kiewit graduates. But we don’t just hire Kiewit grads—we put them to work on projects that are proof of the value of the curriculum. This year the Institute recognized LEO A DALY with its Architectural Engineering Outstanding Alumni Project Award for that very reason. We’re a longtime supporter of the Kiewit Institute in other ways as well; a LEO A DALY exec serves on the Institute’s professional advisory board and on its entrepreneurial awards program board, which evaluates applicants largely on STEM criteria.

When it comes to promoting STEM education, we acknowledge our bias for architecture and engineering. We believe in the strength, beauty, and appropriateness of a well-designed building, we thrive on making them a reality for each of our clients, and we think there is nothing more exciting than doing so. But it isn’t just our conviction for what we do that attracts the future generation of architects and engineers to our field and our firm. It’s our willingness to lead by example, to actively engage in STEM education, and most importantly to offer varied career paths and worldwide work opportunities. We succeed by hiring smart, well-educated students—men, women, minorities—who are as excited about the design world as we are—and by putting them to work on projects that use their knowledge and ideas. We value their skills, talent and enthusiasm, and there’s no bigger draw than that.

Check Out LEO A DALY's Profile http://stemconnector.org/leo-daly

Discount Registration for The Close It Summit

The growing skills gap is a national issue that will require the collaboration of all key stakeholders and the continued efforts of our work and initiatives.  To that end, STEMconnector® is serving as an Organizing Partner for The Close It Summit to be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC from November 5-7, 2013.

Close It is a leadership summit, bringing together business, education and government leaders, human resource practitioners, workforce and youth development innovators, social impact organizations and policy experts actively engaged in creating new talent pathways to close the skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide.
 
As national leaders in this space, we would like to invite you to both attend as well as actively engage in outcomes that will result from this summit. 
 
As an Organizing Partner, STEMconnector® is able to extend to you a 20% discount on the registration! Enter this code when registering: STEMC2013.
 
 
At The Close It Summit, you will be able to participate in one or several working groups:
 
#1: Employment Pathways for Young Adults
#2: Training the Modern Workforce: Career & Technical Education
#3: Manufacturing: Building America's Future
#4: Employer Strategies for Discovering & Developing Talent
 
These working groups will culminate on the final day of the summit with an outcomes and next steps action report -
 
Pathways to Action: How to Move the Work Forward after "Close It 2013"
 
We believe that emphasis on continued action and the integration of all our work toward a common goal will ultimately lead to us collectively close the skills gap. Please join us at Close It this November.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
Edie Fraser
Chief Executive Officer
 
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Pitsco Education Partners with Chevron Energy Solutions to Bring Cutting-Edge Technology and STEM Curricula to Schools

Pitsco Education Partners with Chevron Energy Solutions to Bring Cutting-Edge Technology and STEM Curricula to Schools (via PR Newswire)

Nuevo, CA, school is first to purchase STEM lab with projected energy savings Download image Download image NUEVO, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pitsco Education and Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) have partnered to bring cutting-edge energy…

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Johns Hopkins APL Launches New Fifth Period Comic Strip Exploring STEM

This is a Guest Blog Post by Johns Hopkins APL STEM

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)’s Fifth Period comic strip — the whimsical and exciting STEM adventures of a group of friends — celebrated its first birthday in September and recently launched the first of 18 comic strips planned for the 2013/1014 school year on APL’s STEM website
 
Fifth Period students Sophie, Tomás, Emma and Marcus are the strip’s teen characters joined by their kooky, yet inspiring, science teacher, Mr. Kepler.  This past year, adventures of the characters ran the gamut from reviewing the scientific method to catapulting water balloons to programming computers. 
 
Fifth Period was developed to encourage students exploring the website to delve deeper into STEM-related topics and keep them coming back on the first and third Friday of every month.  Each comic strip touches on a STEM topic, and a related lesson or experiment appears underneath.  “We want this to be a resource for parents and teachers, as well as interesting to students,” says Dwight Carr, STEM program manager.  “The comic engages students and the fun experiments help them to apply the concepts discussed in the strip.  Teachers have told us it is a great tool.”
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Dawne S. Hickton of RTI International Metals, Inc.

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMconnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Dawne S. Hickton of RTI International Metals, Inc.

 

Dawne S. Hickton is Vice Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of RTI International Metals, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers of advanced titanium products used in technologically sophisticated applications in the commercial aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical device, energy, industrial and chemical markets. Ms. Hickton has served as Vice Chair, President and CEO and a member of RTI’s board since 2007.

Ms. Hickton has over 25 years of diversified metals experience, including 10+ years in the titanium industry spanning several business cycles.

She is a director of several industry associations, as well as public, private and educational institutions.

Q&A

How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?
Technology is evolving faster than ever before. To remain competitive in the global marketplace, U.S.-based companies must continually advance the next great innovation. Doing so requires a workforce with top-notch technical skills and the ability to think critically and creatively. These are the skills that a world class STEM education provides.

Unfortunately, when it comes to STEM preparation, there are gaps and inadequacies in our education system. If schools and businesses commit to finding ways to partner in improving STEM education, we will prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s innovators. A new generation of innovators will be needed to ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in the global marketplace.

What is your advice to those involved in promoting STEM education?
First, I encourage those working to promote STEM education to develop meaningful, long-standing partnerships with businesses in order to understand what types of STEM skill sets are needed in the workplace. For example, RTI has an interest in material science (metallurgy), accounting/finance, engineering and IT professionals.

Once you have a solid understanding of the practical applications of STEM education, seek creative ways to make STEM fields attractive to students. And don’t neglect the importance of STEM teachers. Push for policies that require rigorous math and science curriculums, fully-qualified educators, and regular training to keep teachers’ knowledge base sharp.

Finally, be relentless in your pursuit. We will not overcome the inadequacies in STEM education overnight. However, I believe that your investment of time, talent and resources in the pursuit of STEM excellence will result in a generation of students prepared to meet the technological needs of the future.

What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?
The U.S. needs to produce more technical school and college STEM majors. Top-notch STEM professionals are critical for American businesses to stay at the forefront of global innovation, but our technical schools, colleges and universities are not graduating enough of these professionals to meet the demand.

We’re filling some of that gap by importing STEM talent from other countries. We must also seek ways to make it attractive for U.S. students, especially women and minorities who are underrepresented in the field, to choose STEM careers.

Additionally, we must develop and support rigorous math and science curriculums in all American elementary and secondary schools so that there is a wide and deep pool of graduating seniors that are genuinely prepared for technical school and college-level STEM studies.

How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives? Is this a part of your comprehensive strategy?
As a business leader and woman in the STEM field, I am passionate about finding ways to increase the number of women and minorities in the field. As a business leader, I’m also passionate about increasing the number of candidates with strong STEM backgrounds because RTI’s reputation as a leader in “Advancing Titanium” depends upon it. We believe that committing early to student education in the STEM fields will build robust pipelines of future STEM employees. For example, we annually sponsor a high school team to compete in the Aerospace Industries Association’s Team America Rocketry Challenge. RTI managers volunteer at local schools and through other STEM-sponsored organizations, and I have personally taken schoolchildren on plant tours.

Diversity initiatives are a core principle of RTI’s strategic plan, and we use that commitment to support and encourage diversity in STEM fields. When we are identifying and selecting viable STEM candidates for anticipated openings, our goal is to identify at least one minority and one female for every open leadership position. Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields so this is a challenge – but one that we embrace.

Check out RTI International Metals, Inc.'s Profilehttp://stemconnector.org/rti-metals-inc

NSF grant advances career and educational pathways in geospatial technology

 

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College have been awarded an $886,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support career and educational pathways in geospatial technology (GST).

With cross-disciplinary applications, the tools and methods that make up GST provide a unique opportunity for teaching 21st century STEM skills to a wide range of students.

Geospatial Connections promoting Advancement to Careers and Higher Education (GEOCACHE), an Advanced Technological Education project, provides sustained professional development in GST skills and project-based instruction. Participants implement STEM-integrated lessons which require students to utilize GST to analyze data and communicate claims with spatial evidence.

Goals of GEOCACHE include improving students’ workforce skills, increasing awareness of GST-related careers, and increasing participation in courses that prepare students for STEM career success.

GEOCACHE is currently recruiting Arizona participants. For more information, please contact Lori Rubino-Hare (Lori.Hare@nau.edu) or Karen Blevins (Karen.Blevins@mesacc.edu). 

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Alcoa Foundation Announces US $1.25 Million Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth

   Alcoa Foundation Announces US$1.25 Million Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth
New York, September 30, 2013 - Today, Alcoa Foundation announced a US$1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The program is a community-wide initiative involving several manufacturing companies and will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The goal is to provide unemployed youth with the experience to start a successful career in manufacturing.
 
The announcement was made at Alcoa’s 125th anniversary celebration in Pittsburgh, PA, by Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who stressed the importance of youth receiving work-related experience and information about post-secondary education and technical training options.
 
“To educate and train young people well is fundamental for allowing them to create their own future. This is critically important for the individual as much as it strengthens the communities they live in. We are proud to work with our nonprofit partners around the world in bringing these opportunities to our Alcoa locations and offer attractive opportunities for the youth to explore careers in manufacturing and engineering.”
 
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) leadership in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States will select nonprofit organizations with job readiness programs to financially support, that will  place students in internships with local manufacturers.
 
“This program will provide student interns with valuable hands-on learning experience and teach the skills necessary for a career in advanced manufacturing,” said Tricia Napor, Vice President, Alcoa Foundation. “In addition, local nonprofits will work with Alcoa locations to arrange volunteers to mentor interns, share manufacturing expertise, and host locations visits for all interns in the program.” 
 
Each nonprofit will receive on average $125,000 to deploy a paid-internship program in the community.
 
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.comand follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
 
About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow Alcoa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
 
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. For more information, visit www.iie.org.
 
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This Week in The Gooru Corner: The Great Apes

 
Are you ready for a family reunion? This week, in the Gooru corner, we'll explore the often complicated relationship between humans and our nearest evolutionary relatives. Can studying the other great apes - chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans - shed light on the nature of our own species? And is it possible to communicate across the species gap?
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Robert L. Parkinson of Baxter

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to
support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at 
STEMconnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Robert L. Parkinson of Baxter
 

Prior to joining Baxter in April 2004, Robert L. Parkinson was dean of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business. Previously, he had a distinguished 25-year career at Abbott Laboratories, serving in a variety of domestic and international management and leadership positions. Parkinson joined Abbott in 1976 and held a number of marketing and management positions there before being named vice president of European operations in 1990, president of the chemical and agricultural division in 1993 and president of the international division responsible for pharmaceutical, hospital and nutritional products in 1995.

In 1998 he became a member of its board of directors before being named president and chief operating officer of the company in 1999. He retired from Abbott in 2001. Parkinson’s personal commitment to education and life-long learning has been evident throughout his career and involvement in various organizations. Most recently, Parkinson was instrumental in the 2008 establishment of Baxter’s Science@Work: Expanding Minds with Real-World Science education initiative – a multi-year commitment to the Chicago Public Schools to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology.

He currently serves on Loyola University Chicago's Board of Trustees, is chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of Chicago and serves on the board of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Parkinson also serves on the board of directors for Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and as chairman of the board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. He is past chairman of the Executives' Club of Chicago. Parkinson earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago.

Q&A

Why do you believe STEM Education/workforce development is critical to our nation's future?
Innovation is such an important part of our national fabric that, over the past 250 years, it has made America what it is today. Innovation is the grease that makes America’s free enterprise system operate so effectively and become a model to the world. And no place has innovation played such a role in touching the lives of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world, than in healthcare – especially innovation that has originated from the United States. As a healthcare company, we believe that STEM education and work force development initiatives that inspire youth to seek out careers that stimulate innovation and advance patient care are critical to our business and to public health. As the nation's healthcare needs increase, we need to ensure that all students have every opportunity to learn and be inspired by math and science. For example, Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population in the United States, expected to triple by the year 2050 to constitute more than a quarter of the total U.S. population, according to projections from the Pew Research Center. However, Latinos are underrepresented in healthcare careers, with 3 percent of nurses, 3.4 percent of pharmacists, 3.8 percent of physicians and 5.3 percent of physician assistants of Latino descent, according to the 2000 U.S. Census and the Health Resources & Services Administration.

How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?
Education is the most important issue in our society. We must support STEM education, particularly in math and science, at both the primary and secondary education level if we wish to sustain our track record of innovation. As a science- and technology-based healthcare company, Baxter has a responsibility to help provide current students as well as future generations with opportunities to thrive in these areas. In the biotechnology sector, for instance, the U.S. outpaces every country in the world in overall innovation, market capitalization, efficiency, patents, funding for neglected diseases and approved bio-therapies. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.S. files more than twice as many chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents as other countries combined. The U.S. also leads the world in Nobel Prizes in Physics, Physiology and Medicine, and Chemistry – more than 88 U.S.-based prize winners in the last 20 years, compared with just 52 from all other nations.

What is the STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud?
Baxter’s Science@Work: Expanding Minds with Real-World Science program is a multi-year commitment with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology. Since 2008, Science@Work-sponsored initiatives reached more than 60,000 students and 720 teachers, representing 45 percent of the 145 high schools throughout the district. More than 450 Baxter volunteers supported 85 real-world events for teachers and students, including several opportunities for students to experience science first-hand through interactions with Baxter professionals.

Additionally, Baxter is a founding member of FIRST® Robotics and has participated in its engineering competition since 1986, and Baxter employees worldwide have taught students the fundamentals of the free market and entrepreneurism through Junior Achievement.

What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?
here are a number of constraints that exist, or are emerging, that will impact the pace of innovation going forward and every country in the world is struggling to find the right mechanisms to manage these constraints. Sustaining our culture of innovation in the U.S. – especially in healthcare -- will require increased collaboration between the private and public sectors. It will require the courage for us, as a country, to deal with the most important underlying social issue of advancing the quality of our education system at all levels.

What counsel would you provide around "collaboration to achieve success" in STEM Education and work force development?
According to the 2011 Nation’s Report Card, only 35 percent of eighth-graders perform at or above proficiency for their grade level in math and 32 percent of eighth-graders perform on par for their grade level in science. Advancing elementary and high school math and science education today sets the foundation for biotech discoveries for years to come. The schools can’t do this alone: collaboration will be critical. Corporations today – particularly global corporations – have a much greater role to play, and a greater responsibility than ever before, to help ensure a sustainable world. Social concerns such as education are too big for any individual, private organization or single company to tackle. We all must share responsibility – academia, corporations, governments, foundations and NGOs – and work together to find and implement practical solutions. Collaborations among sectors are

Check out Baxter's STEMconnector Profile: STEMconnector.org/baxterinternational

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