Educating students, teachers and parents about the career opportunities in manufacturing is critical to a thriving future U.S. economy. Additionally, it’s imperative to generate interest among girls and young women for careers in STEM fields, including manufacturing. This is why Astronaut Wendy Lawrence is a natural fit for bringing this message to the attendees at the Smartforce Student Summit, says Greg Jones, V.P., Smartforce Student Development, AMT.
Lawrence will deliver a keynote address on behalf of Sally Ride Science on Wednesday, Sept. 10, during the Smartforce Student Summit.
“I am very much looking forward to speaking at the Summit,” Lawrence says. “Like Sally Ride Science—a company I have worked with closely over many years—I am very passionate about building student interest in STEM. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for employers and industry groups like AMT to share that mission as well.”
Lawrence will focus her keynote on the lasting impact teachers (and anyone) can have on students when they expand STEM topics beyond the classroom and connect them to careers. “Introducing students to the array of women and men working in STEM is the best way to build student interest in these fields,” she adds.
Founded in 2001 by Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride Science offers upper-elementary and middle school students professional development via the Sally Ride Online Academy, which helps educators incorporate career focused approaches into their existing instruction. Through teacher training programs, books and eBooks, and various events and services, the company shows students that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating and fun.