Saving STEM Education: Inside Obama's New Initiative
September 28, 2010
President Obama recently announced a new CEO-led initiative that aims to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. On September 16, President Barack Obama unveiled a CEO-led effort to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The nonprofit initiative, called Change the Equation
- Improve STEM teaching at all grade levels;
- Inspire student appreciation and excitement for STEM, especially among women and under-represented minorities; and
- Achieve a sustained national commitment to improving STEM education.
- Transforming libraries and museums into 21st-century learning labs Funding the creation of 30 new hands-on learning centers nationwide, which will become hubs for youth engagement, creativity and hands-on learning.
- National STEM video-game challenge The Entertainment Software Association, Microsoft, the American Library Association and others partnering to launch two annual competitions focused on both playing and designing games for STEM learning.
- Raytheon's new STEM tool for state policymakers Leveraging Raytheon's engineering workforce and unique expertise in modeling and simulation to expand its national "STEM Modeling Tool"
- Nature Publishing's "Bridge to Science" program for parents and scientists Nature Publishing making a three-year, $5.5 million commitment to programs that will build stronger connections between parents, students and scientists; and affiliated journals providing cost-free professional development for biology teachers looking to incorporate cutting-edge science, and recruiting 1,000 scientist-readers to participate in classrooms.
- New efforts to bring scientists and engineers into classrooms Hewlett-Packard's launching of a nationwide employee-volunteering initiative, providing matching donations for volunteer hours, recruiting scientist and engineer retirees and engaging business partners to expand employee volunteering; and the biotechnology industry training and deploying scientists to collaborate with teachers and students on high school lab projects.
- Multiyear investments in STEM programs ExxonMobil's committing to invest $120 million in STEM education programs over three years to affect thousands of teachers and students; and Merck's launching of a five-year, $19.5 million investment to support science education in schools, including co-designing an intensive professional development program for teachers and administrators.