“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.”
— John Glenn; astronaut and former U.S. Senator
In just a few decades since winning the race to the Moon, the United States is losing its edge in the competitive global marketplace. As a nation that has built its leadership position on a foundation of technological innovation, we face serious issues.
An entire generation of scientists and engineers is currently retiring and we are not adequately replenishing that workforce. The young men and women who will lead our nation in the years ahead can do so only if we enable them to develop increasingly sophisticated careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.