U.S. News STEM Conference Links Education and Jobs

Dean Kamen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and others discuss science and math education and America's future in this video

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Thousands of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are going unfilled. Why? Because job seekers lack the necessary skills. At U.S. News’s first national STEM conference in Dallas in June, a broad coalition of industry, government, academic, and philanthropic leaders—among them Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, U.S. global cultural ambassador and former NBA superstar; Rick Stephens, senior vice president of human resources and administration at Boeing; Stephan Turnipseed, president of LEGO Education; and Leland Melvin, associate administrator for education and a former astronaut with NASA—shared their assessments of where STEM education is headed and why it matters.