Thursday, August 19, 2010

'MythBusters' to the Rescue

Link to August 19 Daily Tech post, "U.S. Tech Industry's Growing Demand for Talent Draws Concern".

Excerpt: A growing demand for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the U.S. has companies looking for alternative ways to secure their work forces.

Nearly 30 percent of industry workers are 50 to 59 years old. An anticipated wave of retirements in those industries has companies concerned about finding and retaining qualified workers in the U.S.

Some businesses are taking measures to increase their efforts by partnering with schools, calling for higher national education standards, and sponsoring more student competitions, according to Reuters and a special report from Aviation Week.

"It's not so much that the source of supply is not there," said the CEO of avionics maker Rockwell Collins Inc., Clay Jones. "It's that the source of supply in the United States may not be there."

Link to August 19 cnet news post, "MythBusters' Kari Byron getting kids hooked on science".

Excerpt: For Byron, a longtime co-host of the mega-hit Discovery Channel show "MythBusters," demonstrating the amazing strength of eggshells is just one favorite moment of "Head Rush," the new show she's hosting that's aimed at getting middle school kids hooked on science.

Premiering on Monday, the commercial-free "Head Rush" will air each weekday on the Science Channel and give Byron the chance to spin the magic that has made her so popular on "MythBusters" in the hopes of showing kids that science is exciting and worth a whole lot of their time.

Whatever it takes, I suppose.

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