In 2006 the National Academies issued an alarming report on the United States’ decline in the fields of math and science. The numbers weren’t simply decreasing, but rather dropping at such a rapid descent that our competitiveness as a nation was at serious risk.
Unfortunately little has changed and while we’re still at the top of our game in the pop culture and reality tv genre, we are in serious need of a priority shift.
The tag team leading the charge to make science “cool” is will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas front man) and inventor/ FIRST® founder Dean Kamen. They have merged forces and created “i.am FIRST — Science is Rock and Roll,” a program designed to alter the way in which we view our scientists…giving them the respect only acquired by uber Rock n’ Roll gods (which have all rallied behind this project). The 1st program was a huge success last night, 8/14/11, and the initiative will continue to positively push math & science into the mainstream where it undoubtedly belongs.
Check it out & spread the word!
“You have teenagers thinking they’re going to make millions as NBA stars when that’s not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.”