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A QualitEvolution is intended to capture positions and experiences as a participant in the evolution of the Quality profession into the 21st century. From its origins as the brainchild of Corporate Industrial Statisticians, our profession has transformed and evolved to incorporate and adapt to the demands and expectations of our modern existence.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

STEM in Canada - Education Resource

The articles by the various ASQ Influential Voices has consistently expressed the need to promote and sustain STEM teaching among our youth.

In Canada, this challenge was met by educators and one tangible outcome was the formation of an initiative, Let's Talk Science .  According to the website, 
"Founded in 1993 by Bonnie Schmidt, PhD, Let's Talk Science has excited, inspired and engaged more than 2.4 million children, youth, educators and volunteers in science, technology, engineering and math."

In the ASQ Blog View from the Qthe CEO of ASQ, Paul Borawski, provided a reference to the ASQ STEM Survey revealing that teens, fearing failure, will avoid science, technology, engineering, and math.

In Canada, as a way to mitigate this fear, a reader-friendly handbook has been prepared to provide, in accessible and animated language, a helpful resource.  The All Science Challenge - 2013 Study Handbook is intended for students in middle-years (tween and early-teen), but can also support high school students and adults by summarizing the key points of different areas within the STEM domain.

I encourage educators in the US to follow the Canadian example, and support students with helpful learning resources.  

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