Jordan Cox, Ph. D., FIRST Program Manager at PTC, has just written this article as a guest blog on the Mathcad blog. As this PlanetPTC Community section is dedicated to FIRST, I thought, I'd reference it here for your information.
"One of the greatest challenges in the 21st century is workforce development. The need for technical employees trained in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) has never been greater. Recent studies show that the need will only increase in the years to come. As the technological demands of society continue to increase, and our ability to consume and our desire to explore new technologies expands, the need for creative and capable scientists, technologist, engineers, and mathematicians continues to increase.
Current educational trends do not appear favorable to meet these demands in the technical workforce. Fewer and fewer students are choosing a STEM related field as they move into post-secondary educational institutions. There is a critical need for major changes in cultural attitudes about STEM learning and STEM careers. The youth of today need to prepare themselves for the demanding and rewarding professions that will produce and maintain the technologies of the future."