Gregg Fleisher, the Chief Academic Officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, was kind enough to join us in the Smartforce Student Summit this morning. One of the major focuses of the National Math and Science Initiative is to sharpen the competitive edge of the American student body/workforce when it comes to STEM fields. Mr. Fleisher discussed this with the students this morning saying, “In order for America to keep its standing in the world, our citizens need to be proficient in math and science.
Mr. Fleisher also explained how STEM skills translate into manufacturing careers, like the ones the students will be learning about here at IMTS. He explained to the students how the basic science they learn in school is essential to understand the materials used in manufacturing, that technology allows us to then manipulate those materials, and that engineering then allows us to design a specific product. We need math to then sell that product at a price that is both affordable to the consumer, but generates a profit.
Those same basic principals are the building blocks of “an inconceivable future”. Mr. Fleisher gave the example of how from the time Wright brothers first took flight, it was a mere sixty years until we were exploring space (or watching astronauts on TV, another seemingly inconceivable piece of technology). That’s less than one lifetime! “By pursuing STEM careers,” Fleisher encouraged the students, “you will decide what the future will hold.”
This inconceivable future is in the hands of our STEM students, and we are so grateful that educators like Mr. Fleisher and organizations like NMSI are there to support them. Thank you for taking the time to join us today!