I have been a long time promoter of getting all students started early in Technology, Math and Science. It is hard to fill in the gaps later. Just got this note about how DemandTec, who I have linked to since their founding, is promoting the concept. And it connects with my retail context! See links below for more. Get involved!
Many students wonder how they’ll ever use math skills in the real world. Not only is there a need for more math and science majors in order for the U.S. to stay economically competitive but there is also a personal incentive for students to pursue these valuable skills.
But even if students do get excited and want to enter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, many do not have the financial means to pay for education. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018, and, unfortunately, there will be a significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill them.
One such initiative designed to address both these issues is the DemandTec Retail Challenge, a college scholarship competition. The focus of the competition is on the math skills that students need to hone for their future, while providing the necessary educational funding. The winning team is awarded a monetary scholarship toward the college of their choice and a chance to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ on January 17, 2012 in New York City.
To hear the students share their perspective on the importance of math and science education or learn more about today’s news, please click here. ....