The importance of inspiring the next generation of innovators can't be overstated. Being an innovator requires persistence, overcoming obstacles and continually asking questions and addressing difficult issues. In short, "innovation requires courage, especially in today's STEM/STEAM fields," say executives at Innovation & Tech Today, the exciting new publication dedicated to reporting on the latest advancements and trends in technology.
As a Media Partner for the upcoming Festival activities in Washington, D.C. in 2015-16, Innovation & Tech Today will be playing a key role in sharing insights on innovation -- including what it takes to be an innovator in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the closely related areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).
"At Innovation & Tech Today," says Melissa Hirsch, Associate Editor, "we work with some of the most innovative and creative leaders in a variety of fields. We know that innovation doesn't happen overnight, so it's important to plant the plant seeds of innovation now. The only way to responsibly prepare for our future is to reach children, and expose them early to STEM/STEAM fields, and let their natural curiosity lead the way. It's also crucial that girls and minorities are included."
Why specifically has Innovation & Tech Today chosen to join the Festival as a Media Partner? "The USA Science and Engineering Festival team has made an art out of executing this philosophy, so the partnership was a no-brainer for us," says Melissa.
In addition, says Charles Warner, CEO and Publisher of Innovation & Tech Today: "STEM, along with sustainability and closing the skills gap, is among the most important topics we cover at I&T Today. It really is a passion of our entire team, and that's why we have collaborated with the best in the business."
The publication will be sharing its messages on innovation in various ways before and during the Festival. This includes featuring the Festival, the X-STEM Symposium and Expo in an upcoming special edition of Innovation & Tech Today. The special edition will also highlight interviews (conducted by Melissa) with such noted innovators and X-STEM speakers as Dean Kamen, Alyssa Carson and George Whitesides.
"The interviews with these leaders," says Melissa, "are especially important because they cover such topics as obstacles kids today face that may prevent them from pursuing an education in STEM fields (including social pressures and restrictions in the classroom), and the importance of taking risks in pursuit of innovation." The USASEF team will be repurposing the special edition and making it available to students and educators before and during the Festival.
In the days leading up to the Festival, Innovation & Tech Today will also be busy covering other conferences, science fairs, and events around the country that celebrate innovation and STEM, giving the publication staff a perfect opportunity to spread the word about the technology and the Festival.
"In short," says Melissa, "we want to hear from educators, administrators, parents, grandparents, caretakers and counselors. We want to know about obstacles and successes the people on the front lines of developing the next generation of innovators have encountered in fostering an interest in STEM/STEAM fields with their students, children, and grandchildren." Messages on such topics can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet @innotechtoday, or locate Innovation & Tech Today on Facebook.
Moreover, in the interest of making the publication's content available to as many audiences as possible worldwide, Innovation & Tech Today offers free digital subscriptions to all individuals interested in receiving it. "The more people we can reach, the easier it is to build momentum in getting people involved in innovation, education and STEM," says CEO and Publisher, Charles Warner.
The Festival sincerely thanks Innovation & Tech Today and our other valued Partners and Sponsors for helping to inspire the next generation of innovators!