K-12 Nanotechnology Education Outreach for Workforce Development: The Georgia Institute of Technology Model
08 Jan 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Diane Palma
At a time when competition for obtaining research grant money is at a critically high
level of complexity, coincidentally, the recruitment of U.S. students to science and
engineering courses of study and careers is at an all time low. The NSF estimates that by
the year 2015 there will be a need for two million workers worldwide in the fields of
nanoscience and nanotechnology. Of these, nearly one million will be needed in the U.S.
An additional 5 million workers will be needed in support areas for these fields. To
develop this workforce, education outreach should be a major thrust of our universities,
industries, and federal labs. This outreach must begin in the elementary grades and
expand up to professional adults in need of retraining and skill enhancement.