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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Youth Leadership Summit

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2016

CONTACT:
Amber Taylor
703-201-4893
ataylor@tomorrow.org

More than 200 Orange County High School Students Will Participate in Math and Science Summit on Saturday

Local Business Leaders Share Opportunities in STEM Fields and Students Share Ideas on Improving STEM Education

Irvine, Calif. – More than 200 students from around Orange County will attend Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science on Saturday.

The Summit, organized by Project Tomorrow, is a unique opportunity for Orange County’s high school students to share their ideas on how to improve math and science education and to learn about how math and science proficiency is increasingly a critical skill for many current and future jobs in Orange County.

This interactive, half-day summit will empower students to explore careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and provide these students with valuable information about the workforce development trends in the county and what they need to do to be well prepared for the jobs of the future. Additionally, Project Tomorrow will capture the students’ ideas on how to improve K-12 math and science education and thus, Orange County’s economic future. All student costs are covered by the event’s sponsors;  silver Sponsors for the event this year are Southern California Edison and Microsemi Corporation.

Twenty-six speakers representing a diverse set of Orange County STEM companies will participate in the 7th annual Youth Leadership Summit, including the opening panelists for Let’s Talk Innovation!  What is it, why is it important, what skills do you need?:

  • Brian Meshkin, Founder and CEO, Proove Biosciences
  • Joni Rolenaitis, Vice President, Technology & Product Development, Experian Business Information Services
  • Erick Wolf, Co-founder and CEO, Airwolf 3D

The Summit will be held on Saturday, October 29th, from 8am-2pm in Anaheim.

Statewide, California reports that in 2020, the number of jobs requiring a college degree will outstrip the number of jobs which do not, with most of those jobs being STEM-related. Additionally, 45 percent of today’s science and engineering workforce will retire within the next few years. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that science and math proficiency are the new “must-haves” for jobs outside of the usual STEM fields including positions in the hospitality, construction and services sectors.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), a national education nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, supports the innovative uses of research-based science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in K-12 students. Project Tomorrow addresses the challenges of developing schools for the 21st century through national research projects, community and school-based programs, online tools and resources, and advocacy efforts to ensure that all students are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.