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National Stem Conference

To Ignite Interest In STEM, Remember Our 'Sputnik Moment'

Mary Anne Petrillo | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Mary Anne Petrillo

As I watch the unfolding story of cyber outlaw Edward Snowden skipping around the globe, I'm struck by the talented young man who employers "fought over," despite the fact that he had no formal STEM education. While many young people today are brought up with some innate sense of these skills, as Snowden was, the National STEM Conference in Austin last week dared us to imagine the innovation and creativity that could come from this future generation if they were provided the formal education to reach their full potential in these fields.