Dr. Wanda Austin Interviewed for the Change the Equation/Roadtrip Nation STEM Project

Dr. Wanda Austin being interviewed for the Change the Equation/Roadtrip Nation STEM project.

They don’t know how cool math and science can be.

But Aerospace engineers and scientists will soon have a chance to tell students around the country about the exciting things they do in their jobs. It’s part of a national initiative that Aerospace joined in fall 2010.

Change the Equation (CTEq), started in September 2010, “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States,” according to the CTEq website. Dr. Wanda Austin was among the first CEOs to join CTEq.

CTEq is joining forces with Roadtrip Nation, an organization that helps students discover possibilities for the future. They plan to develop STEM educational materials for students, and then help those students connect with a STEM professional to find out what it’s really like in the field.

Dr. Wanda Austin and children from Take Our Kids to Work Day with the Roadtrip Nation bus.

The educational materials will feature interviews of STEM professionals, including Austin, who was interviewed by CTEq/Roadtrip Nation on April 26 at Aerospace headquarters.

“Wanda’s thoughtful interview is providing content for Change the Equation’s Inspiring Youth initiative,” said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. ”Our goal is to engage sixth- to ninth-graders in STEM learning by showing them an array of careers. It helps them think about their pathways and inspires them when they learn about leaders such as Wanda.”

At the end of the course, students will have the chance to interview a STEM professional either in person or online. Aerospace employees will soon be able to sign up to be interviewees for the students in the project. Watch for more details later this summer.

—Laura Johnson