Space.com reports that rocket scientists, engineers, politicians, and educators came together in Los Angeles to examine business opportunities in space at the “Transforming Space 2006” conference. Leaders from government, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as university leaders and aerospace businesses discussed both the current and future prospects for space programs in the public and private sectors. One major theme throughout the conference was the need to educate today’s students for STEM subjects. Several speakers pointed out that the number of students obtaining degrees in STEM subjects is decreasing. However, this is happening despite the American Competitiveness Initiative, which is aimed at increasing these numbers. Some evidence suggests that children make career choices early in life, and are influenced by family expectations, educational experiences, current events, and the media. Many conference attendees cited being excited by the Sputnik and Moon landing events as the inspiration for their career choices. Similarly, Star Trek also resulted in a good amount of rocket scientists. Now, there is an increase in applications to forensic science program, owing in part to the popularity of shows such as CSI…