Our future will belong to a “new breed” of STEM talent— decidedly different STEM minds that understand interdependence; discern, analyze and connect illusive patterns within vast amounts of unstructured data; deftly change course when hypotheses and prototypes fail; systemically unravel complexity; creatively generate new ideas, questions, technologies and inventions; embrace ambiguity and uncertainty; and globally collaborate to wisely advance the human condition. In this age of escalating global challenges, accelerating technologies and design and human-centered innovation, the nature and quality of how our children think and what they think about is the new “currency” for breakthrough thinking, research and problem-solving, pioneering collaboration, groundbreaking life-enhancing innovation, and transformative global change.
Marshall, Stephanie Pace, "Igniting and Nurturing the Next Generation of STEM Talent, Innovation and Leadership, by Design" (2009). Publications & Research. 18.