Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney was part of a select panel of experts who testified before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on July 26. The Research and Technology Subcommittee’s hearing, titled STEM and Computer Science Education: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce, focused on the growing number of unfilled jobs due to the lack of technical skills available in today’s workforce and how important it is to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in general and computer science more specifically.
“We believe STEM education is critical to cultivating tomorrow’s technology leaders — not just for our team, but to advance our industry and the economy at large,” Mooney said during her testimony. She also spoke to specific talent recruitment challenges; Foundation programs such as Chip Camp, STEMbus and GirlsGoingTech; and the value of collaboration between public and private organizations to support and advance computer science efforts, citing the Idaho STEM Action Center as an example.
Mooney was joined by three others on the panel, including:
- STEM Education Coalition Executive Director James Brown
- Code.org Chief Academic Officer Pat Yongpradit
- University of California, Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering A. Paul Alivisatos
You can watch the entire session below:
Micron Foundation Executive Dee Mooney participated in a panel before Congress advocating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. (From left to right) panelist James Brown, panelist Pat Yongpradit, U.S. Representative of the House and Research and Technology Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara Comstock, panelist A. Paul Alivisatos, and Mooney.
Related LinksMicron Foundation
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Idaho STEM Action Center