ASME Decision Point Dialogues


The ASME Decision Point Dialogues challenges thought leaders to grapple with some of the most complex questions of the day. Through a series of unique Socratic dialogues we raise awareness of existing conflict points to stimulate the kind of debate that leads to bold decision making and disruptive learning.




Critical Thinking, Critical Choices: What Really Matters
in STEM


Here is the lineup:

June 10, 2pm:
Speaking to Danica and Derek—is there a STEM crisis?

June 17, 2pm:
What do we want? And how should we measure success?

June 24, 2pm:
From why, to what, to how: Project based learning

July 1, 2pm:
From how to who: Teachers

July 15, 2pm:
Common Core

July 15, 3:30pm ET:
TWITTER CHAT - What Really Matters in STEM? Ask Camsie McAdams, key Department of Education STEM staffer #ASMEdialogues #STEM

ALSO, WATCH FOR A NEW STEM-RELATED ARTICLE FROM ASME.ORG EVERY MONDAY, BEGINNING APRIL 28, AND BLOGGING ON GO.ASME.ORG/STEMDIALOGUES FROM MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MAGAZINE ASSOCIATE EDITOR ALAN BROWN and others

The Dialogue will probe the critical conflict points that government, business, education and engineering leaders are dealing with, such as:

Is there a true crisis in STEM education or is it simply another policy debate?
What is the ultimate goal of encouraging girls and boys to pursue STEM?
Should STEM learning be turned on its head? What should be taught in our middle schools and high schools, and how should it be taught?
Is it a matter of money—for teachers, for tools, for resources? How do we attract, train, and retain high quality, inspired and inspiring STEM teachers?
Will major reforms such as the Common Core help or hurt STEM education?
Do U.S. educators have something to learn from the way STEM is taught in other countries?
What will it take to reach students in underserved communities?




Will Engineers Be True Global Problem Solvers?


Chapter 1 - K-12: Attracting STEM Teachers In this first installment, the panel tackles the question of how to prepare and inspire generations of engineers to solve the most pressing global challenges. ASME's Decision Point Dialogues is modeled after the Fred Friendly Seminars, a series of dialogues and public television programs exploring complex, vital issues using the Socratic dialogue format.

The scenario: Will Engineers Be True Global Problem Solvers?
In the United States, middle school student Bella attends a Maker Faire and is inspired to join the school's robotics team. In Zambia, young Kamillo examines his village's broken water pump and wonders how it can be repaired. Both young people have started on a path that could lead them to confront some of the largest challenges on the planet. How will each be prepared and empowered to be true problem solvers?

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