Students are not focused on STEM as a career. Kids don't think STEM is accessible or attractive and STEM careers/professionals are not seen in a positive light. "In a free society you get what you celebrate and we celebrate sport and entertainment to obsession." We lead the world in sports and entertainment so they have gone from a national pastime to a national obsession. But obsessing over sports and entertainment will never create national prosperity - leading in technology will.
Dean Kamen, Founder
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
He made a science competition to compete with the Super Bowl!
He created inspiration and recognition for science and technology because teachers don't create demand. The culture and great companies will. The demand will drive the supply.
When the problem is defined and the free market is allowed to respond, great companies rise to the occasion
The results are staggering and it is great to see someone really look at an innovative solution to STEM. One that REALLY works!