Developing America's Next Generation of Innovators

The persistent poor performance of American students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines has serious implications for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy. In 2015, attendees in the STEM Education Working Group will focus on cross-sector approaches to increase student engagement and broaden participation in STEM by strengthening STEM learning networks in urban and rural communities, supporting teacher preparation, expanding access to computer science education, and leveraging educational technology.

2015 Subtopics

Cultivating STEM Learning Ecosystems

Coordinating formal and informal STEM education programs within a community can greatly maximize their impact. Attendees will develop strategies to strengthen collaboration between schools, community-based organizations, and families in urban, rural, and tribal settings.

Broadening Participation in Computer Science

Computational literacy is a critical skill for the future workforce. Attendees will explore ways to expand computer science learning opportunities, support teacher preparation, and increase student engagement, namely among underserved and underrepresented groups.

Expanding the Maker Movement

Hands-on learning through the act of making something stimulates confidence, creativity, and the problem-solving abilities of students and sparks their interest in STEM. Attendees will generate solutions to advance the maker movement in both formal and informal education.

Leveraging Educational Technology

Digital tools and curricula present great opportunities and challenges for teachers and students. Attendees will define how best to better integrate and leverage ed-tech in and out of the classroom.

Innovative Commitments

NCWIT AspireIT – Early Computing Experiences for Girls

By: National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Partners: Intel Corporation; Google; Microsoft Corporation; Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.; University of California, Irvine; Northrop Grumman Foundation; Orbotix
In 2014, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) committed to scale up their AspireIT computing outreach program to serve 10,000 additional middle school girls by 2018. NCWIT and its partners will lead a national effort to recruit and support over 600 qualified high school and college women and 250 partner organizations that will co-create and deliver more than 400 computing outreach initiatives—including after-school programs, summer camps, and weekend conferences.

Mobilizing STEM Professionals to Mentor Students

By: US2020
Partners: Cisco; Cognizant Technology Solutions; Hewlett-Packard Company; NCTAF; Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
In 2013, US2020 and its partners committed to launch the US2020 City Competition, through which cities and counties will develop and submit plans to significantly increase the number of local STEM professionals mentoring students. US2020 selected and provided seven winning cities with additional resources to operationalize their plans and worked nationally to match STEM professionals with mentoring opportunities via an online matching platform.

Teachers at Dassault Systemes

By: Dassault Systèmes
In 2012, Dassault Systèmes committed to launch the Teachers at Dassault Systèmes (TADS) program to strengthen STEM teaching in Los Angeles, Detroit, Providence, and Waltham. TADS provides selected high school STEM teachers an opportunity to work at Dassault Systèmes each summer and gain insight on the day-to-day experiences of STEM field practitioners, allowing them to better inform and encourage their students about STEM careers.

Stepping Up STEM for Students, Teachers, and Jobs

By: The Dow Chemical Company; The Dow Chemical Foundation
Partners: The Chemical Education Foundation; The National Science Teachers Association; Louisiana Community and Technical College Foundation; Iberville Parish School Board
In 2011, The Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Chemical Foundation committed to support The Chemical Education Foundation’s You Be The Chemist Challenge and the National Science Teachers Association’s New Science Teacher Academy, and to support the construction of a technical junior college near Plaquemine, Louisiana. These initiatives aimed to increase the impact of existing programs that work to generate interest in STEM, provide professional development to science teachers, and prepare candidates for advanced manufacturing jobs.

Voices from the Meeting

Russell Shilling
Executive Director of STEM Initiatives
U.S. Department of Education

Russell Shilling, a participant in the 2014 STEM Education Working Group, describes how effective educational games are having an incredible impact on students around the world. Read his story.

Featured Past Participants

Anita Borg Institute
Cisco Systems
Girl Scouts of the USA
Google Inc.
Intel Corporation
MacArthur Foundation
Microsoft Corporation 
Northrop Grumman
Tata Consultancy Services
The National Science Foundation
Time Warner Cable Inc.