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Dent @ Home with Cady Coleman
October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
STEM & Inclusiveness
The National Science Foundation reports that 80% of the jobs available in coming years will require math and science skills. Despite this need, estimates say less than a third of high school graduates test ready for higher education in science, and less than half are considered prepared for college-level math courses. In terms of STEM achievement, Winchester Science Centre reports that eighth-graders in the United States are being outperformed by students in Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Estonia, Japan, Hungary and the Netherlands.
Unequal access and outcomes compound this shortfall. A 2013 report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that although women make up nearly half of the American workforce, they represent only 26% of STEM workers. Similarly, African Americans account for only 6% and Hispanics for only 7% of professionals employed in STEM-related jobs.
Retired astronaut and Dent board member Cady Coleman has dedicated her time and experience to help draw women and minorities into the sciences. Cady holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a doctoral degree in polymer sciences. She is best known for her two flights on the space shuttle Columbia for science-based missions, and a six-month stint in 2010 and 2011 on the International Space Station.
In this fireside chat, Cady will talk about her experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated field (including but not limited to the lack of women’s bathrooms!) Also the issues and challenges surrounding STEM education, and the opportunities for building a brighter future for students and the country at large.