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Help cultivate budding ChEs

By Chemical Engineering |

Next month, on May 5th, the American Chemical Society (ACS; Washington, D.C.; http://www.acs.org) and more than 200 other private- and public-sector organizations representing more than 6.5 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals will celebrate the first National Lab Day. At the most basic level, National Lab Day aims to inspire a wave of future innovators and foster U.S. competitiveness by improving the quality of STEM education in America. In a broader sense, though, the initiative is an acknowledgement of the greater prominence that STEM education and careers hold in some parts of the world and reminds all of us — regardless of nationality — of the value in engaging our children in the fascinating relevance of the chemical engineering profession. As I am sure many of you can attest, children have a natural curiosity about science and how things work. Starting at a very young age, this appetite can either thrive or die, depending on how much (and how effectively) it is fed. What the traditional system has failed to realize is that the exciting flavor of this knowledge does not often come through in lectures or textbooks. According to this year’s Lemelson-MIT Invention Index (Cambridge,…
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