At a White House event on 23 November 2009, President Obama announced a new national science education initiative. On hand for the launch of Educate to Innovate was AIBS director of pubic policy, Dr. Robert Gropp.
“The national campaign is an effort to help reach the administration’s goal of moving American students from the middle of the pack to the front in science and math achievement over the next decade,” according to White House documents. At the event, the President announced five public-private partnerships that have committed to helping unleash the power of media, interactive games, hands-on learning, and community volunteers to reach millions of students. The goal is to inspire them to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators.
The President also issued a call for the private sector, which includes scientific associations, to work with the nation’s community colleges to improve science education and ensure that students have the skills required for the 21st century workforce.
According to the President, Educate to Innovate is a response to his call to action issued during an April 2009 speech to the National Academy of Sciences.
Prior to the White House event, AIBS sent the President a letter describing some of the community-based education initiatives AIBS has helped to cultivate in recent years through programs such as COPUS and the Year of Science 2009. To read this letter, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20091120aibswrites_to.html. For information about AIBS education programs, visit http://www.aibs.org/home/index.html. To learn more about the COPUS project, please go to http://www.copusproject.org/.
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