Op/Ed: Getting Our Students STEM Ready

We need to invest in America's best resource -- our students.

STEM readiness involves bridging the gap in formal and non-formal learning.

STEM readiness involves bridging the gap in formal and non-formal learning.

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Student challenges like the Spirit of Innovation Challenge (SOIC), sponsored by the Conrad Foundation, are fostering these spaces for innovation. This annual competition challenges high school student teams to use STEM skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Along the way, coaches, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are there to mentor the student teams and turn their ideas into reality. Companies like PCS Edventures, Ed.org's Battelle, the National Academy Foundation and others are just a few of the Champion Partners for the SOIC. Most recently, Science Spark, a non-profit that produces the USA Science and Engineering Festival, launched a new program for middle and high school students called "X-STEM – Extreme STEM Symposium." X-STEM will be held on April 24, 2014, just before the 2014 festival, and will explore the latest developments in science and engineering in a TED-style event.

PCS Edventures embraces the task of preparing America's students with STEM skills. PCS recently launched their "Girls Can Build" Initiative at their Edventures Lab, based in Boise, Idaho. PCS, producing STEM programs used around the world, believes our students are the brightest hope for the future prosperity of America and working in collaboration with other great organizations we can all collectively create the bridge to America's future.

Jolene Anderson is the head of investor relations for PCS Edventures, Inc.

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