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1 STEM, CTE, and WY: Now and the Possible STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics CTE = Career Technical Education

2 Overall Message Science and technology provide economic opportunity for the nation, Wyoming, and individuals Capitalizing on those opportunities requires an new approach to science and technology education The way we do and use science is changing, and STEM and CTE education must keep pace

3 A History of Innovation More than half of our economic growth since World War II can be traced to science-driven technological innovation Much of that innovation was possible because of research on university campuses Source: the Science Coalition

4 EMPLOYEES:11080 HEADQUARTES: Cary, NC FOUNDED: 1976 REVENUE: $2.26 billion FY08 “SAS was originally created to analyze crop data through a grant from the Department of Agriculture to North Carolina State University… federal funding for university research is vitally important to keeping America at the forefront of technology innovation.”

5 Happy Jack Software Founded by Jeff Van Baalen ( Professor, UW Department of Computer Science ) and Mona Gamboa ( MS eBusiness from UW ) 30 employees, 12 from UW, only 4 with PhDs Grew out of the Wyoming Business Technology Center Originally founded to do shared calendar, now software for medical records, faculty searches, and custom design “The state has the people and resources available to build its own high-tech industry”

6 An Opportunity for the US

7 An Opportunity for Wyoming Wyoming will demand a total of 14,200 STEM jobs by 2018 This represents a 24% increase in STEM jobs, 7% above the national average 34% of those jobs will be in engineering and technical operations. Most, will require a college degree, including 2-year degrees.

8 An opportunity for students Source: American Community Survey, 2009

9 An opportunity for students, even if they don’t work in STEM

10 Science 1.0 “ The centers of basic research are the wellsprings of knowledge and understanding… there will be a flow of new scientific knowledge to those that can apply it to practical problems in government, industry, or elsewhere ” – Vannevar Bush, Science, The Endless Frontier

11 ACAC Where A = basic research C = innovation, improved lives, and economic growth

12 Science 1.0 was… Blue-sky Federally-funded Discipline-based Focused on an elite workforce Emphasized theory and observations

13 A loading dock is no longer enough Declining research budgets Growing demand for return on investment A growing disconnect with society, shown by – Declining science literacy – Declining public esteem for science – Students, especially from diverse backgrounds, are choosing other careers and majors – Science isn’t being applied to pressing problems, including natural disasters

14 14 In this test, Science Literacy includes understanding uncertainty and how science generates, evaluates, and revises information – not just content knowledge

15 And Wyoming? Wyoming ranks 28 th in science scores, according to the Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) ranking system, which preferentially focuses on upper-high- school level math and science courses associated with college STEM majors.

16 Seventy percent of Americans cannot read and understand the science section of the New York Times. Jon Miller, Hannah Professor of Integrative studies at Michigan State University, Division of Mathematics and Science Education and the Department of Political Science

17 Where do you get your news…

18 Our trust in science may be eroding Trust is especially important in critical civic issues like revitalizing forests, managing water, and preparing for hazards, but – Only 17% of the public thinks that U.S. scientific achievements rate as the best in the world – Only 27% of Americans offer scientific achievements as one of the country's most important achievements (47% did so a decade ago) – The percentage of people holding scientists in very great prestige has declined from 66% to 57% from 1977 to 2009

19 [1] Chart made from data at National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. 2010 Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race/Ethnicity of Recipients: 1997–2006. Detailed Statistical Tables NSF 10-300. Arlington, VA. Available at Students (especially from diverse backgrounds) aren’t entering science US citizens - majority Temporary Residents US citizens from under- Represented groups

20 And the demographics of the field reflect that

21 Why worry about diversity? Given that: The US will be a majority-free nation by 2050 Wyoming’s Latino population will double by 2025 Wyoming has a large percentage of first-generation college students Ignoring diversity means: Ignoring half your talent pool Being unable to sell to a market you don’t know Denying the best jobs to large group Also: Encouraging Diversity helps innovation by discouraging group-think and promoting creativity Finally, knowledge is power, and power-sharing is the hallmark of democracy

22 Drought in the Sahel Held et al, 2005.

23 Simulating (understanding) drought in the Plains Great Plains Drought in Simulations of the Twentieth Century McCrary and Randall

24 Victor H. Rivera-Monroy and Robert R. Twilley

25 ACAC Where A = basic research C = innovation, improved lives, and growth

26 A + B  C A = basic research B = the effort to connect to society C = innovation, improved lives, and growth “A+B = C” is borrowed from Michael Crow

27 Science 2.0 Science is tied to problems, not disciplines Communities participate in all stages, from setting priorities to applying results Computers & networks enable investigation and communication Needs a variety of skills and capabilities “linear conception of the relationship between science and innovation... needs to be replaced by an inter-active, dynamic, networked... understanding that emphasizes learning” (Hansson, Husted, and Vestergaard 2005, 1041).

28 Participatory Research



31 Science2.0  Science Education 2.0 Integrate disciplines Prepare for multiple career paths (not just PhD) – Emphasize process over content – Include computational thinking – T-shaped students Reach diverse students Connect to problems (especially local /regional problems)

32 STEM isn’t just for PhD’s anymore

33 Employers want process, not content

34 A new framework for science standards

35 T-shaped Students Disciplinary expertise must be connected to a broad set of skills that enable interaction, collaboration and integration This is equally true for both science and non- science majors.

36 Reaching Diverse Students GEAR UP increases the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college with academic support, family services, college prep, and teacher training. Science Posse builds link across the educational spectrum, by bringing science graduate students into K-12 classrooms.

37 Computational Thinking abstraction to understand and solve problems algorithms and application of mathematical concepts to develop more efficient, fair, and secure solutions. understanding the consequences of scale

38 Thunderstorms

39 Problem and Place-based Education Pointe aux Chene, LA: Two summer interns will work with the community on issues associated with salt water intrusion and plant ecology.

40 NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) A partner in integrating computational thinking into Wyoming’s Science Education 2.0

41 Integrate Research & Education Build cyberinfrastructure and computational science in the region Train the next generation of computer scientists NWSC STEM CTE GOALS Enhance programs at community colleges Improve K-12 Computational Thinking Enhance diversity Broaden participation Engage the public

42 Main Points Science will continue to offer growth, innovation, and jobs. Science is becoming more participatory, inclusive, and computational Preparing students for science 2.0 requires rethinking science education and its goals – Process over content – Preparing multiple career paths – Emphasizing solutions, not disciplines – Inclusion Wyoming can be at the leading edge, and NCAR can be a partner

43 “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity given us by society to do basic research, but in return, we have a very important moral responsibility to apply that research to benefiting humanity.” Walter Orr Roberts

44 Thank You

45 NCAR/UCARUW High SchoolHigh School Internship & Research Opportunities High School Summer Institute, Coding Camps, GEAR Up Science Camp Community CollegeTechnical Internship ProgramEPSCoR Summer Internships UndergraduateSignificant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research, Summer internships in Parallel Computational Science, Undergraduate Leadership Conference REUs in Math, Chemistry, Ecology, EPSCoR Summer Internships SUMMER 2012 Internship Opportunities

46 NCAR/UCARUW GraduateSummer internships in Parallel Computational Science, Theme of the Year (Turbulence) Conferences Independent study awards, SER fellowships, conferences Post-doc & FacultyGraduate Visitor Program, Advanced Studies Program SUMMER 2012 Internship Opportunities December 2012 Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing

47 Some Activities to build on… UCAR/NCAR participation in Wyoming Science Fair Work with Laramie County Community College on curricula Student Internships for high school and college A new visitor center and traveling exhibits


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