Education: December 2008 Archives

New Report Details Aerospace Workforce Needs, Remedies, AIA

"A new report from the aerospace industry promotes the need to convince more students to study math and science and makes proposals to senior policy makers to improve those education disciplines. The new report, "Launching the 21st Century American Aerospace Workforce," documents steps the industry is taking to head off a potential workforce crisis and makes nine policy recommendations to government partners. The report is a follow-up to an analysis released earlier this year that detailed the goals and actions the industry must take to meet the challenge."

Rocket Science 101

Rocket science treks to real world, Houston Chronicle

"For nearly three hours, Brett Williams' 24 teen-age rocket-designers faced one tough question after another from some of NASA's most experienced aerospace engineers. But the outcome was no smackdown of Generation Y. The polite juniors and seniors from Fredericksburg High didn't falter before their interrogators and methodically detailed their plans to build and launch a Red Bird rocket this spring. At the end of the design review session, the graying space agency engineers, some with experience dating back to the Apollo era, praised the poise and talent of the youths -- a few of whom may find a career at the space agency in the years ahead. "I'd have given my right arm to be in a class like this," said Lee Graham, a 25-year veteran of NASA's Johnson Space Center who leads the planning for a moon lander. "This is exactly what we need to inspire the next generations of engineers and scientists."

A Sense of Purpose, Fall Commencement Address by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

"Many people have asked me how I found the time over the years to take those classes while working, raising kids, and amidst the various distractions life brings. The answer is that I don't watch any television apart from the evening news, an occasional old movie, and a few rounds per year of major-championship golf, my other life-long passion. I'll never be able to complete a People magazine crossword puzzle, and I don't know who hosts which TV talk show, or care. I first heard of Saturday Night Live through all the hoopla surrounding their twenty-fifth anniversary. But being ignorant of those things has given me more time to learn, and to apply what I've learned, to the physics, engineering, and management challenges of my profession, aerospace. If that makes me a "nerd" or "geek" or a "workaholic", then it does. I know the conventional wisdom about leading a balanced life, but I have not done it. The people I know who set out to accomplish something meaningful in their careers have not done so either. They too are nerds, geeks, and workaholics. Frankly, I think our society owes a great deal to such people."

Are We Preparing Our Children to Lead in Science?, Huffington Post

"On October 4, 1957, history changed with the Soviet Union's successful launch of Sputnik I, the world's first man-made satellite. Americans were alarmed that we had been outpaced technologically and saw the Soviet feat as a threat to our national security. In order to catch up with the Russians, our nation swung into action and infused new funding and resources into scientific research on a priority basis that resulted in new labs springing up all over the country. To support this national initiative, schools upgraded and expanded math and science instruction at every level. Congress established scholarships and grants to enable young people to pursue science and engineering majors in college and graduate schools. These efforts paid off as a new generation of American scientists and engineers was produced and the United States became the Mecca for scientific research in virtually all fields. Now, five decades later, we are again on the verge of falling behind technologically, largely because of a failure to provide world class science and math instruction in our schools."



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