Prepare and Inspire

Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 151
DOI: 10.1126/science.1198062

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A few weeks ago, we and our colleagues on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) presented President Obama with the report Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for America's Future.* It advocates a two-pronged strategy: To prepare all students to use STEM in their personal and professional lives, and to inspire them to learn STEM subjects and pursue STEM careers. It also provides a roadmap of programs that the federal government must seriously consider if the United States is to remain a vibrant and innovative society.