“I completely support National Lab Day and STEM Education. This is a terrific movement that is putting the needs of our kids and our future first. Science, technology, engineering, and math are the foundations of a great education, and here in California we are leading the way in these fields. America must always have the brightest and best educated students, so that we maintain our spot as the worldwide leader in innovation and new technologies. National Lab Day is just what we need to get our kids interested in learning about how the world works and how we can make it a better place. I hope that all Californians will lend their time, attention, and resources to support this vital program.”
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
We wouldn’t teach football from a textbook. It is even more important that America’s youth have the opportunity to learn math and science by doing. The President and I strongly support efforts to raise the level of project-based learning, to help cultivate the next generation of doers and makers.
John P. Holdren
Science adviser to President Obama
National Lab Day has the potential to build communities of support that increase access for better STEM education across our nation. As NASA Administrator, I am committed to a nationwide STEM movement that supports effective STEM teaching in schools. For me, this is a top priority… (read more)
President Obama’s announcement underscores the importance of science and math education in preparing students to succeed throughout their future careers. National Lab Day is an essential step toward reinvigorating students’ enthusiasm for science and math — and for keeping our nation competitive in the global marketplace.
John J. Castellani
President of the Business Roundtable
“Practical, hands-on experiences in the science and technology fields
help prepare students for these critical needs. STEM issues are more
important to our country today than ever in our history. National Lab
Day is a great way to put high priority on engaging students in the
excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Secretary of Education under President Clinton
We all have a vested interest in advancing our country’s proficiency in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math as a means to driving innovation and jobs — which are key to fueling our economic growth and global competitiveness.
CEO of Microsoft
“National Lab Day is exactly the type of initiative our country needs. I run a program, called EarthKAM, that takes advantage of our National Lab in space . . .” (read more)
Dr. Sally Ride
As an astronaut and engineer, I am very excited about National Lab Day! Inspiring the next generation has always been important to me, especially now that I have young children of my own. I work with educational organizations, some of which have an international focus. As we move forward, I think it is important to take a global view in all of our major activities. The world is becoming smaller every day! The synergy that saw from my own experiences in working with international space programs can be harnessed to reach kids from around the world, and get them talking to each other. National Lab Day is a wonderful idea that fits in perfectly with these ideas!
Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.
“Our commitment to STEM education is one of the most important investments we can make not only for our students but for our state and for our country. Equipping our young people with the practical knowledge and the critical thinking skills learned from studying these disciplines will better prepare them to be the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. . . . (read more)
Governor of Ohio
“STEM education is extremely important for preparing people and training people to get the kinds of jobs that advance California’s economy and the world economy. I am a medical doctor, and training in math and science were the underpinning of my career and have allowed me to go forth and to do the things that I have done. It is the kind of training that requires teachers who are prepared to be able to give the skills to the students who will be creating the jobs and technology that will advance forward tomorrow.”
Michael V. Drake
Chancellor, UC Irvine
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