Science and American Jobs. What’s the connection? We live in a world that is increasingly defined by science, and the many fruits of science and technology.  Our nation’s global competitiveness continues to erode  because we are not preparing enough citizen scientists to fill the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs that are out there now and in the future.  As both presidential and vice-presidential candidates now focus their attention on making a case for why we should vote in debates and on the campaign trail,  issues pertaining to the scientific and technological challenges for creating American jobs have to be addressed.

We at Why Science, an education technology company, believe that science in relation to our nation’s global competitiveness should be an issue in this election.  Fortunately you can make science an issue in the election. This summer, Scientific American partnered with grassroots organization ScienceDebate.org  to encourage the two main presidential candidates–Barack Obama and Mitt Romney–to answer 14 questions on some of the biggest scientific and technological challenges facing the nation:

  1. Innovation and the Economy
  2.  Climate Change
  3. Research and the Future
  4. Pandemics and Biosecurity
  5. Education
  6. Energy
  7. Food
  8. Fresh Water
  9. The Internet
  10. Ocean Health
  11. Science in Public Policy
  12. Space
  13. Critical Natural Resources
  14. Vaccination and public health

You can read President Obama and Governor Romney responses to questions  at the Scientific American Website.

How do these responds correlate with what was said in the debate? Watch the first 2012 Presidential Debate to learn more …

Be sure cast your vote in November!

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This Science Friday Episode with Host Ira Flatow sheds light on Why Science is a Non-Issue in The Election…Again

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