San Francisco and California as a whole have been at the fore of innovation for generations. Part of that success came from the opportunities we had as students in the STEM fields. We must ensure that our place as national leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math continues to grow so that future generations will continue to be on the cutting-edge. National Lab Day is a pioneer in this pursuit by addressing this pressing educational and economic issue with exceptional experiential learning and volunteerism.
Mayor of San Francisco
“The future is in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have a long ways to go in this country and in this state. We need to produce more and better qualified math and science teachers. . . (read more)
Mark G. Yudof
President, University of California
By educating and inspiring tomorrows leaders in science, technology, engineering and math, we reap many rewards. We spark the imagination of young minds; we train and produce a skilled workforce; we make new discoveries and translate them into useful applications that improve and save lives; and we stimulate economic growth. We all benefit from an investment in our childrens’ education, because it is an investment in our future.
Marye Anne Fox
Chancellor, UC San Diego
National Lab Day is an opportunity for us to impress upon our students the importance of STEM education – science, technology, engineering, and math, and encourage students to explore, to learn more about the universe around them, and to develop a real interest in science, engineering, and nature. It is an opportunity for citizens, university faculty members to work with students in K-12 education and excite them – give them an opportunity to think about what the world is like and maybe pursue careers that involve technology and science.
Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz
When young people have the chance to put math and science theory into practice, you can literally see their interest ignite. Our children have too little of these opportunities. That’s why afterschool programs and efforts like National Lab Day are so important. Whether building a robot, designing a video game or testing local waters for pollutants, afterschool programs give kids the kinds of hands-on learning opportunities that engage them and build critical STEM skills.
Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance
Science and technology have long been cornerstones of America’s economy and spirit of innovation. Hands on efforts like National Lab Day help start the spark that can light the fire of interest and passion among today’s youth.
Carol A. Bartz
President and CEO - Yahoo!
I am pleased to express UC Berkeley’s support for National Lab Day.
Exposing children to discovery-based science experiences helps stimulate their interest in the sciences . . . (read more)
Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor, UC Berkeley
The future innovation and competitiveness of our state and nation are critically dependent upon individuals with strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM skills. . . (read more)
Linda P.B. Katehi
Chancellor, UC Davis
Exposure to the wonders of science, engineering, and mathematics opens up whole new vistas for our young people. . . (read more)
Timothy P. White
Chancellor, UC Riverside
“. . . This is more than a contribution to our children’s education: it is vital for our economy as a whole.” (read more)
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco
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