RENO, Nev. (AP) - The outgoing chairman of the world's largest computer chip maker says the United States needs to rethink its approach to public education and raise the bar for academic achievement in math and science if it hopes to be competitive in a
21st century world.
Craig Barrett was in Reno this week to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel has been a sponsor of the event organized by the Society for Science & the Public for 13 years, and just pledged its continued support through 2019.
This year, the event's 60th, features projects by more than 1,500 high school students from 56 countries, regions and territories. Each are finalists from regional competitions, and are competing in 17 different categories for nearly $4 million in scholarships and awards. The top three winners each will receive a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation.
Barrett, who is retiring this month after 35 years with Intel, says while the higher education system in the US. is being modeled by other countries around the world, elementary and high school instruction is lacking, especially in math and science.