percent of D.C high-school graduates enroll in college within 18 months of graduation verses 48% nation-wide, and only 9% of them graduate fromcollege within ﬁve years.
, in its annual grading of the 50states and the District of Columbia. ranked the District last, giving it a D-plusoverall and an F for K12 student achievement and college readiness.The IncredibleMinds CareerRoleplaying Program initiallyaddresses the need for youth topursue STEM careers in NASAaerospace and aviation. Ourextensible framework supportsbroad application across thediverse interests of youth andneeds of NASA missiondirectorates, Federal agencies and industry. IncredibleMinds can address thenation's need for “in-demand” careers, including: aerospace engineering,behavioral sciences, biosciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civilengineering, clinical medicine, cognitive and neural science, computationalsciences, ecology and environment, electrical engineering, geosciences,immunology, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering,microbiology, molecular biology and genetics, naval architecture,nanotechnology, neuroscience, ocean engineering, oceanography,pharmacology, plant and animal science, physics, and space and planetarysciences (Thompson, 2005).IncredibleMinds is built from the authentic stories and career competenciesof the engineers, mathematicians, scientists and technologists behind NASALangley Research Center’s world-class aerospace and aviation research.Across the areas of aerospace and aviation, we will identify and drawresources from the following NASA Langley teams: Flight Simulation andSoftware Branch (Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and AerospaceEngineer), Structures and Materials Facilities (Materials Engineer/Scientist)and Scientiﬁc and General Purpose Computing Complex (Modeling andSimulation Engineer).Based on NASA’s Workforce Plan released in March 2004, out of 148critical competencies identiﬁed in the plan, 30 key competencies wereclassiﬁed as “critical needs” for NASA. Computer, electrical, mechanical,aerospace and general engineers are all occupations that representcompetencies in critical need.
Meeting NASA’s EducationPriorities