In the fall 2007 primary exit polls, 86% of US voters reported believing that the number of workers with a background in science and math MUST be increased in order for the US to compete in the global marketplace
By 2012, 90% of the world’s scientists and engineers will live and work in Asia (NSF Indicators 2008)
US schools spend an average of 90 minutes/week on science in K-8, while European, Asian and Australian schools spend an average of 300 minutes/week on science.
PISA 2003: US 15 Year-Olds Rank Near The End Of The Pack Among 29 OECD Countries Source : NCES, 2005, International Outcomes of Learning in Mathematics, Literacy and Problem Solving: 2003 PISA Results. NCES 2005-003
2003: U.S. Ranked 24 th out of 29 OECD Countries in Mathematics Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA 2003 Results , data available at http://www.oecd.org/
Problems are not limited to our high-poverty and high-minority schools . . .
U.S. Ranks Low in the Percent of Students in the Highest Achievement Level (Level 6) in Math Source : Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA 2003 Results , data available at http://www.oecd.org/
PISA 2003: Problem-Solving, US Ranks 24 th Out of 29 OECD Countries Source : NCES, 2005, International Outcomes of Learning in Mathematics, Literacy and Problem Solving: 2003 PISA Results. NCES 2005-003
More than half of our 15 year olds score at problem-solving level 1 or below on the PISA Source: OECD Problem Solving for Tomorrow’s World. 2004
Using global problems makes science and math relevant Environmental issues-GLOBE International sporting events-Olympics Human Genome project-bioinformatics Energy exploration Disease transmission Inventions and patents Sports and recreation Medicine International competitions-science/math
20 multicultural stories about children using the engineering process to solve problems
Produced by the Boston Museum of Science
Includes 3-5 inquiry experiences with each story
Engages community members (engineers), teachers, parents, and students
You don't have to know calculus, Just make sure I do.
By the time your child enters the workforce, almost every good job will require technical skills. Your job? To make sure your kid stays interested and keeps taking the tough courses. For tips, go to: mathsciencesuccess.org
Many middle school teachers are not highly qualified to do inquiry (6 th grade)
Find informal institutions (museums, parks, etc) to engage students
Use competitions (Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Science Fair, NASA/SEMAA Robotics competitions, Quiz Bowls, eCybermission
She's not afraid of spiders, snakes, or science. Especially science.
Why? Because she got interested in it early. Now she'll keep taking math and science courses, which will give her far more opportunities later on. For tips on keeping your kid on track, go to: mathsciencesuccess.org
The fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs are all in fields that require solid math and science skills. So do your child a favor - encourage him to keep taking the tough courses. For tips, go to: mathsciencesuccess.org