There’s clearly an immediate need for youth
to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math. A failure to do so puts our country, our communities and our children
at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. America is at risk of losing its leadership in technology and innovation as
baby boomer retirements deplete the science and technology workforce by 50 percent over the next decade.
* National Science Foundation and 2005 Raytheon Corporation Survey