Strengthening the U.S. STEM Talent Pipeline Through a National Youth Innovation Showcase
Author: Mrunali Manjrekar
The next administration should institute a national White House Youth Innovation Showcase similar to the discontinued White House Science Fair to promote and provide new opportunities for increased K–12 participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As a national platform to amplify and inspire scientific accomplishments by students of all backgrounds, the Showcase will help the next administration strengthen the U.S. STEM talent pipeline and pave the way for future growth in American science and technology industries. The Showcase will also provide an opportunity for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to facilitate public-private collaborations that provide resources for participating students and support regional initiatives to increase diversity in STEM fields. The next administration can use the announcement of the Showcase to reveal its STEM agenda, outlining its policies to support STEM education and a diverse STEM workforce while articulating how its STEM goals will support emerging technology industries and overall economic development.
About the Author
Mrunali Manjrekar is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Bioengineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). She is an avid advocate who champions science policy and promotes gender and minority representation in areas of STEM.