Careers Content Supports Student Understanding of the Critical Role STEM Plays in Global Problem-Solving
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To help students connect the dots between the application of STEM skills, innovating solutions, and important real-world challenges, the STEM Careers Coalition launches “COVID-19 Solution Seekers,” a video series spotlighting how non-profits, corporations, and industries pivot to meet the needs presented by COVID-19.
With the rapid spread of COVID-19 impacting nearly every aspect of life, many people, communities, companies, and governments have quickly mobilized to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The dynamic new “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” video series features an array of real-world content demonstrating the flexibility of STEM and amplifies how diverse STEM professionals across a variety of industries transform their work in response to COVID-19. Coalition partners–including Boeing, Microsoft, Chevron, American Petroleum Institute (API), Procter & Gamble (P&G), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)–are joined by global healthcare leader Sanofi, along with other companies, contributing to the collection of COVID-related career profiles. Companies interested in participating in the “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” video series can learn more at STEM Careers Coalition COVID-19 Response Initiative website.
“The STEM Careers Coalition works to ensure that zip code does not determine destiny,” said Marla Wilson, Executive Director of the STEM Careers Coalition. “Leaders from diverse sectors responded quickly and thoughtfully to the array of challenges presented by COVID-19 and continue to do so. These videos highlight the positive impact that creative STEM thinking and problem solving has on the world, while showing students that STEM can be in their futures, too.”
As the first-of-its-kind STEM initiative, the STEM Careers Coalition addresses the STEM workforce and inspiration gap by connecting industry and classrooms at unprecedented scale. All Coalition resources, including the “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” content, can be found at stemcareerscoalition.org.
“Of the many lessons to be learned during this time is the critical role of STEM jobs. At Chevron, we’re proud to partner with the STEM Careers Coalition from Discovery Education to empower and advance education,” said Karen Rawls, Senior Social Investment Advisor at Chevron. “In sharing stories of how we are expanding our community support during COVID-19, we’re illustrating for today’s students how STEM is a critical pathway to achieve social equality and to enable human progress.”
“At Sanofi, we are committed to empowering life through perpetual innovation focused on community betterment,” said Diana Blankman Roberts, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi US. “Being part of the ‘COVID-19 Solution Seekers’ video series exemplifies our commitments and highlights the importance of diversity for both people and industries in STEM.”
“Achieving equity is about building a road to future success through student engagement focused on unlocking learning that is not bound by time or space,” said Dan Ayoub, the General Manager Education Experiences at Microsoft. “We remain steadfastly committed to empowering students with the resources needed to reach their full potential in school and beyond. Through the STEM Careers Coalition, we join industry leaders to bridge education and STEM, empowering a dynamic workforce full of confident and resourceful leaders.”
With a focus on equity of access, the STEM Careers Coalition unites the private sector around the shared goal of accelerating the growth of the United States’ STEM pipeline. The STEM Careers Coalition builds the next generation of solution seekers by focusing on providing 10 million students across 5,000 schools in high-need areas the resources necessary to bridge the equity gaps of STEM education. To do so, the Coalition offers no cost digital resources, as well as underwriting critical academic and career content available through Discovery Education Experience and STEM Connect. Learn more about STEM Careers Coalition at STEMCareersCoalition.org.
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About STEM Careers Coalition
A coalition of industry partners are joining forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education in K – 12 schools nationwide. The all-new STEM Careers Coalition’s™ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers.
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