The first link, which can be found by clicking here, discusses the House passing an immigration bill to keep science and technology
students in the U.S. The students in the workshops found it interesting that through the "STEM Jobs Act" as many as 55,000 visas to non-citizens who complete some advanced degrees at U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering and math. The green cards will enable non-citizens to say in this country and begin their careers to create jobs rather then being forced to leave to go back to their home contries and actually compete with the US. The students were surprised the lengths that are gone to in order to keep STEM trained indivuduals in our country. It helped them better understand the desire to train them, our Louisiana students, to pursue a job in STEM and to stay in/come back to Louisiana after college to work in a Louisiana STEM career.
The second link, which can be found by clicking here, discusses the need to teach U.S. kids to write computer code. The article goes on to discuss how even though we live in a highly digital age, digital literacy is not a priority amoung us and as a result computer science is not a prioirty in schools. The students found it interesting to discuss with Jason Devillier, Executive Director of Red Stick Robotics the many ways our country is and will be effected by the lack of students who know how to write computer code.