On Tuesday, May 31st, Ambassador Jones officially opened the Lean in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) conference at the Warsaw Copernicus Science Center. The Perspektywy Education Foundation organized the two-day conference which targets educators and institutions focused on encouraging young people to feel passionate about mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The conference stimulated discussion about the quality of STEM education and the importance of studying science in rapidly developing societies.
An important element of the STEM debate is a call to increase the participation of girls and women in STEM education and activity. Unfortunately, many girls lose interest in science too early in their education.
The conference gathered several distinguished speakers from the European Union and the United States, including the key-note speakers on day one: Mr. Steven Zipkes, Winner of the National STEM Visionary Award, founder and president of Advanced Reasoning In Education, llc. (Global PBL Academies) and the former founding principal (2006-2015) of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School; and Ms. Whitney Hischier, Faculty Director at the Center for Executive Education, Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley.