WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the Best STEM High Schools, Best STEM Jobs and a Parent's Guide to STEM, today announced that it will highlight Maker Cities at its sixth annual STEM Solutions National Leadership conference, taking place May 24-26, 2017 in San Diego, California.
"Maker Cities are communities that align all of their resources to develop and connect skilled workers with jobs of the future," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "These communities are the next iteration of the STEM movement, creating a groundswell of economic opportunity for individuals, towns and regions by building direct relationships between educational systems and industry workforce needs."
A special keynote panel moderated by Peter Hirshberg, Cofounder of the Maker City Project, will focus on how to align STEM with the Maker Movement to create 21st-century jobs. The discussion features visionaries in technology, industry and workforce development, including:
- Dale Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer, Maker Media, Inc.; Founder, MAKE: Magazine and Maker Faire
- Ankur Gopal, Chief Executive Officer, Interapt
- Krisztina "Z" Holly, Founder and Chief Instigator, MAKE IT IN LA; Host, "The Art of Manufacturing" podcast
- Mary Hope McQuiston, Vice President, Autodesk Education Experiences
U.S. News will also unveil the new Maker Cities section on usnews.com. The new section will showcase some of the most forward-thinking localities that are redefining what it means to be a 21st-century city and include op-eds, articles and photos about efforts underway to prepare citizens for the new age of American manufacturing.
"Every time I visit a city in the heartland, I am encouraged by what Maker Cities are doing to create economic opportunity for themselves. People young and old are creating new products, micro factories, and other businesses as they go beyond STEM to seize opportunity through exposure to the modern tools of production: computer science, robotics, electronics, computer-aided design and advanced manufacturing technologies," said Peter Hirshberg, Cofounder of the Maker City Project and author of the best-selling book Maker City: A practical guide to reinventing our cities. "Our discussion at STEM and the ongoing editorial coverage on usnews.com will provide city residents, educational leaders and policymakers fresh, concrete ideas about how to further the STEM movement and reinvent their communities."
Hirshberg's panel will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Pacific at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California. To register or find the latest agenda for the STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, visit usnewsstemsolutions.com and connect with U.S. News STEM Solutions on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.
About U.S. News STEM Solutions
The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is focused on improving America's science, technology, engineering and math skills. Produced by U.S. News & World Report, the conference highlights STEM issues on a national stage and assembles major corporations, leading educators and top policymakers to find solutions to the STEM crisis. Now in its sixth year, the conference will take place May 24-26, 2017, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California.
About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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