Science House Foundation would like to extend special thanks to our grant supporters who have provided critical financial support to make it possible for many of these amazing speakers to join us. Lead supporters include: The Sarawak Convention Bureau, The Richard Lounsbery Foundation and The Ford Foundation.
What skills do students need for a 21st Century Workforce? How is STEM education meeting the needs of these demands? Are high schools and colleges collaborating well enough to provide a continuum of education for US students? What skills will students need to be a part of a globally collaborative community of workers? How can we get more kids and schools interested in Science? What is the role of design and the arts?
Science House Foundation begins a new podcast series today. Over the next few months we will feature interviews with innovators, educators, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and designers around the world attempting to address these pressing questions.
Jim Brazell speaking about STEM Innovation
We begin our series with a conversation with technology and STEM education innovator Jim Brazell. Jim is a technology forecaster, strategist, and public speaker focusing on innovation and transformation.
When I first met Jim in 2009, he was one of the first people to argue that we need to add an “A” for “Arts education” to the increasingly popular STEM acronym, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” He also made a parallel argument that STEM education was our “Sputnik Moment,” the time for the US to rise to its next great challenge: Science and Arts education. Since then, Jim has worked tirelessly through speeches, books and essays to address this point. And he has added a new element: Design.
I spoke to Jim about the future of STEM education, robots, educating teachers, and how to create a culture of innovation in education in this installment of the Science House Foundation podcast series.
Between 2007 and 2010, Jim delivered over 100 speeches to audiences ranging from the 2009 inaugural NSF High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (Educating America’s Technical Workforce) to the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation on energy policy in Norway in 2008 and solutions to the financial crisis in Portugal in 2009. Since 2005, Jim has served as a volunteer to the Defense Learning Strategies Consortium, NSF Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, Texas STEM Action Committee (TBEC), Information Technology and Security Academy, San Antonio-Austin Nano-Bio-Tech Summit, and the San Antonio Cyber Security Action Team.
Included below are additional resources to some of Jim’s other presentations, which he has given us permission to post on this site.