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Tue. January 25, 2022
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Roundtable Forum - STEM STUDIES

President Obama has highlighted innovation in education and research within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM fields to advance some of the largest industries in the United States and address its most-pressing issues. Preparing and inspiring rising students, especially in underrepresented categories, to study STEM fields could push the US from the middle of the pack to competing directly with countries known specifically for growing technology sectors. What education system reforms or programs should be implemented to emphasize the importance of K-12 and higher education preparation within the area of STEM studies that would be in line with the President's call for a more technologically-literate workforce?

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