The DoD Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program for High School Students. A Report on the Summer 1980 Program
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OFDEFENSE (RESEARCH AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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If the United States is to meet the technological challenges of the future, both external and internal, we must actively seek a significant increase in our scientific and engineering manpower pool. Economic forces have recently stimulated undergraduate engineering enrollment, but the long-term prospects for education in science and engineering indicate a level which is dangerously low to support the countrys needs. National interest dictates that steps be taken to foster long-term interest in scientific and engineering careers. In the fall of 1979, Dr. Frank Press, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, proposed that Federal Agencies use their contract research programs to stimulate interest among promising high school students in careers in science and engineering. This proposed program is an outgrowth of a practice that Dr. Press had himself followed during his tenure as Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A key feature of this program is a direct mentor-student relationship, hence the term apprenticeship. In concept, practicing scientists would identify high school students and work with them during the summers and other school vacations to give them an understanding of the scientific method and foster their desire to pursue college level training that would lead to careers in science and engineering.
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