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What will we do with all the poo?

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And what does that have to do with resourcing talent?

And why do we give a crap?

If you need another testimony to the emerging shortage of IT professionals, I’ve got some trusted sources with statistics for you. There doesn’t seem any point to stating the obvious. The meat of the matter is: What are we going to do about it?

Whether you’re a fan of Microsoft or not, they are approaching the problem in a proactive way. By presenting Technology in a way that gives back, students experience the creative and fulfilling aspects of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering. (STEM)

Data Scientists, in a class by themselves

Let’s reinvent the toilet!

Why do we need to reinvent the toilet? What’s the challenge?

On this Skype virtual field trip, we’ll introduce your students to some of the current challenges around sanitation and potential solutions.

2.5 billion people don’t have a safe place to go to the bathroom. Instead they defecate in the open or use pit latrines where toxic human waste is not treated. This leads to pollution, disease, and issues that make it hard to live a healthy life.

We work with partners around the world to find solutions to this crisis. But there is more to this challenge than simply providing everyone with toilets. We also need to change human behaviors and show communities the benefits of good sanitation.

https://education.microsoft.com/stem

The Skype lessons and virtual field trips are designed to get young people interested in the benefits derived from subjects that can often be presented as quite dry material.

It’s a sad fact that most students move away from math, science and technology especially girls. The rate of female youth continuing education in these fields is far less than their male counterparts. We would all do well to encourage young women to participate in the adventure of science.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them by 2020.

 Jon Swartz , in a USA TODAY article on March 30th 2017.

Microsoft is pioneering the way with such virtual experiences as:

Techno-camps Computer Science 101 – An Unplugged Introduction

Careers in Marine Science

Reporting on Climate Change

Explore Paleontologist, Biologist and Geologist careers at Badlands National Park

Hour of CODE to coincide with Computer Science Education Week.

I’d love to hear your ideas on how to contribute to this important endeavor. Microsoft has some opportunities:

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Paul Hansen is the Founder and CEO of Millennium Consulting. Paul is also a board member at TechServe Alliance. Connect with Paul via LinkedIn.