Research Roundup – We attended the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Education Summit yesterday and heard fascinating remarks from area experts about the future of education in the county and throughout Northern Virginia. We, of course, strive to keep our programs relevant to the changing needs of our participants – from school-age youth to adult professionals. The current buzzwords are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and “empowering the knowledge economy,” which might make you think of white lab coats in computer-filled rooms – the complete opposite of what The EDGE programs are about. However, research shows that outdoor education can increase diversity participation in the STEM sector: http://www.education.com/reference/article/outdoor-education-science-math-diverse/?page=2. We take pride in offering experiences that foster a life-long interest in science and discovery. Is there anything more we should be doing to enhance our programming to make it more STEM-friendly? We’d love to hear your comments.