Week 2

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Friday, June 21, 2013


Dayton Syme

The past two weeks working at the APS Policy Office have been incredibly informative. Tyler Glembo has been an wonderful teacher, and has shown me much more than what I knew in the world of Science Policy; and delving further, Science Education Policy.  I’ll admit, being an incoming intern, I thought that I was going to be a mail sorter who might type up a report here or there. But instead, I have been preparing to start at the Dept of Education. It’s been a storm of presentations, meetings, and reading. However, that storm has given me a new perspective on what the junction between science and government looks like.

On the topic of the Dept of Ed, I was given a notice that I will start on Monday! I practically danced as soon as I saw the email. Soon after the notice, my soon-to-be-boss Dr. Camsie McAdams invited me to sit in on a meeting between the Dept. of Ed and representatives from many of the other agencies that were affected by the proposed STEM Realignment. To be given the chance to be in the same room as many top STEM education administrators is unimaginable compared to what I thought I would be doing as an intern.

In the meantime, my weekend will consist of me reading even more STEM Education related papers such as: CoSTEM Report, Rise Above the Gathering Storm (original and revisited), and the PCAST report Engage to Excel. To quote Stan Lee, “Excelsior!”

Dayton Syme