STEM Movement Takes Off
Welcome aboard! Thirty-two organizations have just signed on to 100Kin10 – a Corporation grantee – joining about 200 existing partners in a commitment to expand, improve, and retain the nation’s teaching force in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM.
100Kin10 accepts best-in-class institutions from a range of sectors and provides them with opportunities to build capacity, find funding, and share best practices. Read more about the network and see a complete list of partners.
The STEM movement received an extra boost during a recent ceremony at the White House, including a shout-out to Carnegie Corporation of New York by President Obama. The Corporation’s Vice President of Education Programs, LaVerne Srinivasan, said, “It was incredible to hear the President acknowledge our work in developing the next generation of STEM teachers.”
The event honored 19 recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 100Kin10 joined the President in celebrating the lifetime achievement of these STEM leaders and to announce the closing of the nonprofit’s third round of funding at $28 million dollars. That brings the total to more than $80 million to train 100,000 STEM teachers over the course of a decade.
“We partnered with 200 organizations like the Carnegie Corporation of New York and AT&T to pursue that goal,” said President Obama while noting that the additional funding is “worthy of applause.”
Watch a video, below, from the White House ceremony on November 20, 2014. President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation. At 9:50 in the video, he thanks Carnegie Corporation of New York for its support.
Srinivasan says she is especially pleased by new support from the business community as seen by AT&T pledging $1 million and Lockheed-Martin contributing $500,000 to the third 100Kin10 fund. “The business community is working in fields where they need to hire people with great stem backgrounds in science and technology,” said Srinivasan. “They're feeling the brunt of not having enough great STEM teachers.”
The challenge of recruiting and retaining STEM teachers continues with a focus on preparing high school students for college by equipping them with the skills needed to pursue STEM fields. “We have to inspire students to take an interest in STEM fields and an interest in teaching STEM in kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Srinivasan. “Our students need to know they area capable of doing this.”
For the third fund, 100Kin10 received generous closing pledges from a dozen foundations and organizations including $5 million from the Corporation. Read more about the successful close of the fund.
The White House also acknowledged the work of Change the Equation, which works to involve businesses in promoting STEM studies. President Obama referred to it as “extraordinary.” The Corporation gave planning grants and initial funding to establish CTE.