"The key to strengthening the U.S. economy and competing globally lies in fostering an innovative culture and educating America's youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Effects of investing in our youths ingenuity and education directly impacts the growth of our economy. Additionally, an increase in school graduation improves the quality of our labor force. The affects of an educated labor force appears in various economic indicators such as employment rates, small business start-ups, personal income earned during a life-time, housing values and manufacturing activity in a state. " Read more about this study
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Project Imagination is a program structured to inspire our youth to develop a desire for innovation, and higher education. The ability to innovate products and services that are valued globally is essential to the future of our economy as they contribute to exports and eventually create jobs. To accomplish this it is important that we provide our children an education that includes a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is equally important that our youth value innovation and acquire education in operating a business. Read More
According to this year's Lemelson-MIT Invention Index , an annual survey that gauges Americans' perceptions about invention and innovation, teens are enthusiastic about these subjects, with 77 percent interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The focus of Project Innovation is on hands-on activities outside the classroom, which the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index revealed as one of the most effective ways to engage youth ages 12 through 17.
Research shows that mentorship plays an important role in teens' motivations to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Some children are intimidated from pursuing professions in these areas due to lacking full understanding of the impact STEM professionals have on our Society,
Project Imagination affords direct access to STEM professionals while recognizing outstanding inventors and inspiring young people to pursue creative lives. Introducing students to STEM at a young age helps establish a link between everyday inventions and careers that improve our society and the U.S. economy.
Project Imagination engages the youth in events such as the Imagination Expo and programs such as the Genius Fun Fair where they can learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as provide the knowledge to open and run a business. The activities are held at places outside of the classroom where our youth can build and conduct experiments, in an effort to raise an interest in these subjects.
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Identify a descipline (science, technology, engineering. math, music, art and language arts) of interest.
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Register your creation on Youtube to be featured at the next Imagination Expo.
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Confidence is the key to success and is developed when our youth experience personal achievements. Preparing our youth to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lays the foundation for future success. Giving each student the opportunity to feel a positive sense of accomplishment and self worth is the direct benefit of this program for our youth. Read More
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