Technology & Networking in Silicon Valley & the SF Bay Area: Upcoming Meetings, Courses and Conferences
SATURDAY October 13, 2012
SCV and OEB Life Members
Speakers: Dr. Peter Staecker, 2012 IEEE President-elect, and others
Time: Registration at 8:30 AM; seminar from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Noon
Place: Santa Clara County Education Office, 1290 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose
RSVP: from website
California, next to last? In the United States, California K-8 students in math and science rank – 49th!
US students rank 19th and 24th among the industrialized countries of the world!
• Research shows those who don’t learn basic math in early grades will struggle with algebra.
• Kids whose interest isn’t sparked in science won’t consider a career in engineering.
• Kids weak in basic math and science who DO enter engineering schools drop out.
Who will develop the transistors, circuits, systems, high-speed trains and low-emission cars of the future? Who will find practical energy sources, solve the environmental problems and construct protection against global terrorism? If the present trend of poorly prepared American students continues, who will bring back America’s technical leadership?
Without an adequately educated population, America’s top schools can’t provide enough engineers for the US to solve the technical challenges of the 21st Century. China and India are graduating far more engineers than the US. If the trend continues, American companies will be forced to outsource even their design work.
The Santa Clara Valley and Oakland/East Bay IEEE Life Member Groups are offering an opportunity to explore ways to assist K-8 teachers’ effectiveness. Who better to inspire K-8 students in technical careers than our IEEE Life Members? By showing youngsters that engineering can be an exciting and important profession, veteran engineers can assist teachers in the classrooms to generate enthusiasm for the basic skills.
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