K-12 STEM Education Models that Work

Preparing America’s Next Generation of Scientific and Engineering Talent
Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building B-339

Opening Remarks


K-12 STEM education in the U.S. languishes even as our global competitors improve their educational programs for science, engineering, and mathematics. The recently released Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report found that U.S. 15 year-olds tested below the OECD average in science learning.

This briefing reviewed successful government, public/private, and private sector STEM education program models. Panelists will explain successful elements of these models and interact with event participants. Questions answered included:

  • How can Congress assist in this process and what roles should the federal government play in meeting the STEM education challenge?
  • How can the private sector and federal government assist in improving teaching, resources, and other ways to increase interest in K-12 STEM education?
  • What are elements of successful K-12 STEM education programs and where do they exist?


Society for Photonics & Optics, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Chemical Society’s Science & the Congress Project

Featured Speakers

  • Diane Spresser, Office of the Assistant Director
    Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation (moderating)
  • Ernie Gonzales, Director Youth Programs
    Office of the Assistant, Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
    “The STARBASE Program”
  • Bill Valdez, Director, Office of Workforce Development, Teachers and Scientist DOE Office of Science
    “Systemic Changes in STEM”
  • Robert Corcoran, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and President of the GE Foundation
    “GE STEM Education Programs”

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For more information, e-mail Bob Boege or call 202-320-8836.