Today marks an important day for lovers of cinema and STEM alike. It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II, sparking the curiosity of many future scientists in the process. The White House hosted a series of conversations today, from everything from women in STEM to autonomous cars to time travel.
But the White House also released the administration’s updated innovation strategy— which will build the foundation for many “Doc Browns” for years to come.
The President’s plan calls for “cultivating the minds of tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, and innovators through strong and sustained investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that engage students from all backgrounds and underpin future economic competitiveness.” One of the facets of the plan includes using new paths including making, crowdsourcing, and citizen science to tap the ingenuity of the public to address real-world problems. It would allow STEM students from all walks of life to contribute to the innovation of the American economy.
The U.S. is in a strong position to “lead the world in the development of these and countless other equally exciting innovations”. We have 16 of the world’s top 20 research universities, an entrepreneurial culture, and flexible labor markets. But we cannot grow complacent, we need to foster learning and STEM development earlier and better in order to be competitive in the world market. Read the the updated plan in its entirety here.