On April 15th-17th, the East Valley Partnership and local economic development partners hosted the PHX East Valley THRIVE Economic Diversity Summit. The Summit hosted guests from around the country who were able to tour and visit with some of the East Valley’s largest employers that are striving to further STEM education in the community. In this article, Tim Bajarin with TIME Magazine highlights his visits with Boeing and Intel, and what they are doing to introduce young students to STEM skills.
“Boeing’s STEM-related program is called “Engineering is Elementary.” According to Boeing officials, Engineering is Elementary is a professional development program for pre-K, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers, initially developed by the Museum of Science in Boston. It’s designed to foster students’ understanding of engineering and technology, with a goal of boosting students’ problem-solving abilities in STEM. The program, supported by Boeing grants to the Mesa School District since 2012, has impacted 530 teachers and 16,875 students in 66 Mesa schools.”
With companies like Boeing and Intel making conscious efforts to bolster STEM education in their own backyards, Mesa and all East Valley communities are able to benefit, as these programs continue to promote a stronger tech workforce for today, and for tomorrow.