It is a good time to learn more about this effort and if your section or division has an education outreach effort, to get involved. The Education Division's 2020 STEM Education Resources Directory recently published on this discussion board provides resources to help you.
As a co-author of this STEM Directory, I would like to start a discussion on current ASQ Education Outreach efforts, and hear your success stories. They could involve speaking at a middle school or high school, co-sponsoring a student section at a college, or participating in a school's career day and explaining what quality engineers do.
Look for more discussion on STEM Education topics in the future.
An additional comment: With respect to education outreach, consider these three engaging websites for students that describe Engineering careers. These websites are included in the Education Division’s
2020 STEM Education Resource Directory. Note that most degrees with a Quality engineering focus are part of Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering.
ASEE’s efgi (Engineering Go For It) and Dream up the Future,
NAE’s Engineer Girl,
DiscoverE, Let’s Make a Difference(in Engineering) ,
and especially this page on starting a conversation about engineering careers with students,
Also, DiscoverE includes a video on Industrial Engineering with Quality Engineering examples, under Engineering Careers.
Cindy, thank you for raising the question about the importance of STEM education to ASQ. As a former science educator, I taught and encouraged students to enter the STEM profession. Whether it was teaching or mentoring students in the classroom, organizing and hosting local or regional science fairs, or even taking students to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), I understood and helped to shape the minds of students for entering the STEM profession. It is at these events, more specifically at ISEF, where students meet, interact, and defend their research to scientists and engineers from around the world. As a result, these opportunities provide a platform for developing scientists and engineers.
Today, with COVID-19 and as you noted, we need more students to become scientists and engineers. These individuals and others in the STEM profession are essential to helping resolve this pandemic and future health problems.
Our 2020 STEM Resource Directory was developed to support ASQ STEM educators. It includes quality tools for educators, teaching resources, and a section for continuous school improvement in our 2020 STEM Resource Directory. Furthermore, it can be used as a springboard to stimulate discussion on current ASQ Education Outreach efforts and sharing success stories.