Why is STEM focus important in formal education? He offered five simple reasons.

  1. 98% of the world around you is a result of technology and engineering
  2. Engineering creates project based learning and problem solving
  3. Engineering makes math and science relevant
  4. There is a serious lack of US workforce for engineering and technology fields.
  5. Reliance on digital technology has crippled the 3D visualization skills of US children

Recognizing that a 21st century curriculum must include the human-made world, he led efforts with the Museum’s Board of Trustees and Overseers to create the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) in 2004. The mission of the NCTL is to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people young and old as well as inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors and scientists.

The NCTL advances technological literacy in schools by helping states modify educational standards and assessments by designing K-12 engineering materials and by offering educators professional development. Their curricula have reached over 35,500 teachers and close to 3 million students in all 50 states. In 2010 the NCTL won the Smaller Business Association of New England Innovation Award.

They hope to further the message of the importance of STEM education to key states such as Florida and California who have the two highest percentages of science and technology careers in the nation. He ultimately hopes to partner with institutions like the Orlando Science Center, where much has been done to provide STEM opportunities to local schools, to help cultivate and spread the message of STEM education.

The Orlando Science Center works with schools and other organizations to provide support for engaging youth in STEM topics. Our hope is that Dr. Miaoulis’s message inspires our audience of educators and community leaders to impact issues surrounding STEM education in our communit

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