Looking Outside of Schools for Science and Technology

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WNYC Brian Lehrer Show on STEM education

Spurred partly by the New York Times article about the United States's losing out on iPhone jobs, Brian Lehrer called on Margaret Honey, president and chief executive officer of the New York Hall of Science, to tell listeners how to inspire children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (referred to as STEM).

She said an increasing number of parents are turning to outside organizations to supplement science education in the schools.

One parent called to complain that her children's technology classes focus on computers and typing rather than on hands-on exploration and problem solving. Several other callers recommended specific programs doing great things in science and math. Take a listen and share your thoughts.