U.S. News Kicks Off STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas

Conference aims to put politicians, business execs, and educators in same room, on same page.

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U.S. News & World Report has spent the past year highlighting the complex science, technology, engineering, and math education problem in the United States, in which a shortage of qualified tech workers has caused America to fall behind economically. Despite a high unemployment rate nationally, thousands of technology jobs have gone unfilled because companies can't find workers to hire.

It's time for solutions.

Starting Wednesday, U.S. News and partners Innovate + Educate, and STEMconnector will host U.S. News STEM Solutions, a three-day summit in Dallas that will bring together politicians, business executives, education experts, and thought leaders in an effort to solve the crisis. This blog will bring you wall-to-wall coverage of the 30 break-out sessions as they happen and will also feature coverage of keynote speeches from leaders such as former NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, FIRST founder Dean Kamen, U.S. News Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman, and many more.

To follow along on Twitter, keep tabs on the #STEMSolutions12 hashtag. You can also follow U.S. News reporters and partners using this Twitter list. The fun gets started in a couple of hours.