As the education chair for ASA, Lt. Governor Reynolds looks to collaborate with participants in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness and visibility of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects in grades K-12. That includes seeking to increase student interest and achievement in STEM subjects so that students will have greater opportunities to pursue a STEM and Aerospace career. And to do this, actions steps include identifying high-quality programs that are already in place and working, and then to look for ways to scale them across the nation.
As committee chair, the Lt. Governor’s goal is to continue to drive innovation and economic development, while aligning with a highly-skilled workforce. And she believes that that skilled workforce must be trained in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM) if we want our states to be competitive in today’s global economy.
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Chair
Committee Charge and Responsibilities
- The Education Committee supports and develops educational initiatives that are in line with national standards, encourage diversity and use aerospace as an integrator/framework for teaching in pre-K through college. Its mission is to explore and propose new education projects and support existing ones that can be developed to provide benefit to ASA member states in an effort to strengthen American science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and national standards.
- Committee Goals:
- Increase students’ knowledge of and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Prepare students’ for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Enhance K-12 Students’ capacity to transfer and apply knowledge in diverse environments
- An educational system that will result in an aerospace workforce that is second to none. As a result of a Congressional hearing in February 2007, the ASA Education Committee will focus on:
- K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education should be a top priority for the nation. ASA’s Education Committee intends to raise the visibility of the importance of K-12 STEM education in an effort to meet the intellectual and workplace needs of future generations. K-12 students need to have an understanding of mathematical and scientific principles and technological processes. The ASA Education Committee hopes to bring attention to successful programs and implementation strategies that have a broad impact and national reach in an effort to strengthen and enhance STEM education in the United States.
Public Outreach and Awareness
The question posed to the committee was “how public outreach and awareness does positively affect/impact the above committee goals?
Action: The committee agreed to draft a generic PowerPoint presentation containing current real data on Education that the Lieutenant Governor’s could use; after approval, this presentation could be posted on the ASA website and maintained by the ASA Education Committee. In addition, this proposed presentation could be customizable by State. The plan would be to develop the generic PowerPoint presentation inside the committee first, then present to Mr. Charlie Huettner for further guidance. Dr. Bobby McMasters agreed to generate the first draft for committee review.
Action: The annual ASA Scholarship applications are due to Dr. Wright by 30 April 2011. The committee will share the work of determining the winner(s).
Next Meeting: The next ASA Education Committee meeting is scheduled for 11 May 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) via the ERAU-W Conference call system.
Interactive area for Education Committee