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Creating scientific and technical talent through educational outreach
Author(s): Darnell E. Diggs; James G. Grote; Jennifer Fielding; Keith W. Jones; Larry C. Jenkins; I. Leon Turner
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Paper Abstract

Using descriptive and explanatory research methodologies, researchers have qualitatively investigated factors influential in causing our nation's youth to decide whether to select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as their academic majors. Furthermore, researchers have also examined what causes African American men and women to decide whether they desire to become engineers and scientists. Using preexisting studies numerous themes have emerged from these data, which supports educational outreach as a powerful tool for encouraging our youth to consider the STEM disciplines. This paper highlights Air Force Research Laboratory researchers' efforts in combating the forces that could jeopardize our nation's position as one of the leaders in technology and scientific innovations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6668, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X, 666809 (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734571
Show Author Affiliations
Darnell E. Diggs, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jennifer Fielding, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Keith W. Jones, Aeronautical Systems Ctr. (United States)
Larry C. Jenkins, Aeronautical Systems Ctr. (United States)
I. Leon Turner, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6668:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization X
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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