Through partnerships with leading organizations, including Change the Equation and the International Year of Chemistry, the involvement of their employees as volunteers, and sponsorship of countless programs, Dow has been supporting STEM education for more than 100 years.
Change the Equation
Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM learning in the United States. Launched in 2010, CTEq’s members aim to increase PreK–12 STEM learning by focusing on three goals: improving philanthropy, inspiring youth, and advocating change.
International Year of Chemistry
In December of 2008, Dow Chemical Company along with the United Nations created the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) to recognize accomplishments in chemistry. Events for each year are coordinated by IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The mission of IYC 2011 is to increase public appreciation and understanding of chemistry in meeting world needs, encourage interest of young people in chemistry, generate enthusiasm for creative future of chemistry, and celebrate the role of women in chemistry or major historical events in chemistry.
MIT OpenCourseWare and MIT Highlights for High School
In 2011, The Dow Chemical Company established the MIT-Dow Outreach Fund—a five-year, $2 million commitment from The Dow Chemical Company—to support the advancement of the shared goals of both Dow and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to support science education throughout the entire pipeline, beginning with high school science teachers and their students and following through to undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.
One goal of the outreach program is the development of resources aimed at inspiring interest in the physical sciences, particularly chemistry, among high school students and teachers worldwide. The materials are made available through MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) and the MIT Highlights for High School portal.
ExxonMobil donated $9.3 million to higher education institutions across Texas as part of ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2012 Educational Matching Gift Program. Nationwide, 871 institutions received $40.2 million through the 2012 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation support and develop programs that encourage students to explore careers in math and science fields. ExxonMobil became a founding sponsor of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in 2007 with a $125 million commitment to the non-profit organization. NMSI replicates proven programs with quantifiable results—such as the Advanced Placement Program and UTeach—on a national scale.
Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
In 2005, ExxonMobil partnered with professional golfer Phil Mickelson and wife, Amy, to launch the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Every summer 600 3rd–5th grade teachers attend a five-day program, which provides them with strategies to inspire students in science and math. Teachers come from school districts across the country, with almost 4,000 having been trained to date.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
ExxonMobil annually hosts “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” events at company sites across the country with activities designed to encourage careers in engineering. The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students and help shrink the gender gap in STEM fields.
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps
Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African American to walk in space, and the ExxonMobil Foundation joined together to create summer science camps held at college campuses around the country during June, July and August. These two-week, free residential camps for under-represented students around the country offer innovative programs to enhance knowledge in science , technology, engineering, and math, while also fostering leadership and citizenship.
ExxonMobil provides grants to local, regional, national, and international Junior Achievement organizations that educate and inspire young people to understand business and economics, while also preparing them to enter the workforce. In addition, trained ExxonMobil employee volunteers lead specific lesson plans at schools of their choice. Junior Achievement has added a science and math component to the Junior Achievement curriculum.
Sally Ride Science Festivals
Presented by ExxonMobil, the mission of the Sally Ride Science Festival brings together hundreds of 5th–8th grade students for an exciting celebration of science in order to encourage middle school girls to pursue education and careers in STEM areas. The festival features an inspiring talk by a featured speaker, discovery workshops for girls, workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support students' interests in science and math, and a street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music.
Sally Ride Science Academy
Another partnership with Sally Ride Science is Sally Ride Science Academy, which provides tools for teachers to encourage student interest in math and science. Through curriculum augmentation, participants receive programs to make math and science more relevant, constructive feedback skills training, and tools to promote careers in math and science. In addition, the Academy provides gender equity training to help educators foster an encouraging and collaborative learning environment.
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was formed in 2007 to address one of the nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats—the declining number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in math, science, and English. This crucial project was initiated as a public-private partnership, led by private donors such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
NMSI’s mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). National recognition has been given to NMSI for training grades 3–12 teachers and improving students’ performance through the rapid expansion of NMSI’s Comprehensive AP program, NMSI’s Teacher Training program and UT Austin’s UTeach program.
NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program
NMSI’s Comprehensive Advanced Placement (AP) Program increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement in rigorous math and science courses through training, teacher and student support, vertical teaming, open enrollment, and incentives. The program dramatically increases the number of students taking and passing AP math, science, and English exams, and expands access to traditionally under-represented students and students in military families. Today, NMSI’s program is in just 1.5 percent of high schools in the country but accounts for 7.4 percent of the country’s increase in qualifying AP exams in math, science, and English. The program is currently boosting academic achievement in 462 schools in 18 states with further expansion expected in fall 2013.
NMSI Teacher Training Program
NMSI’s Teacher Training Program is a three-year program for math, science, and English teachers, grades 3–12. Using Web-based resources and rigorous classroom materials, NMSI prepares students for success in AP and other college-level courses by emphasizing lab work and problems with real-world applications. Since 2001, more than 60,000 teachers have been through the program, resulting in substantial increases in Advanced Placement exam participation and success in STEM subjects. This year, NMSI is providing teacher training events to more than 6,500 teachers in 28 states around the nation.
UTeach, a teacher preparation and support program launched at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997, provides full teaching certification for undergraduates majoring in math, science, and computer science without adding time or cost to their degree plans. In its first decade, UTeach was so successful at significantly increasing the number of certified STEM teacher graduates at UT Austin that it began receiving inquiries from universities around the world. The UTeach Institute was established in 2006 to both support replication of UTeach at universities across the United States and to lead efforts toward continuous improvement of the UTeach model. NMSI, in partnership with the UTeach Institute, has expanded the teacher preparation program nationwide since 2008. The program is currently being implemented at 35 universities, including the original UT Austin site. As a result of a recent $21.25 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NMSI will be able to expand the program to 10 Tier One research universities by the fall of 2014. Currently, more than 6,200 college students are enrolled in UTeach programs across 16 states. That enrollment is expected to double over the next five years. For more information, visit www.uteach-institute.org.
Texas Instruments (TI) is passionate about educating future innovators. Through financial investments and employee involvement, TI advances both student interest in and teacher development of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
Through strategic investments, long-term relationships with educators and their organizations, and partnerships in local communities, TI is helping develop and support proven, successful education programs that can be scaled and replicated. The company also inspires its employees to get directly involved in education as contributors, volunteers, mentors, tutors, and advocates.
Over the past five years, TI has contributed more than $150 million to education. Higher education has received more than 80 percent of this investment, with approximately 70 percent of that funding focused on research. In addition, employee volunteering, equipment donations, and in-kind contributions significantly extend the impact of this commitment.
In 2012, TI and its philanthropic arms granted more than $22 million to support education in pre-K–12 and university programs. This helped students improve their interest in and understanding of STEM subjects and also supported professional development and training programs for teachers.
In the U.S., TI works to grow students’ interest in STEM and encourage their pursuit of technology-related degrees and careers. The company supports numerous programs that it believes benefit the most students or have a track record of shifting student attitudes and achievements in STEM disciplines. TI collaborates with established organizations that can affect greater progress. Some of their primary initiatives include: Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program, TI MathForward™, TI Power of STEM, Educate Texas, Plano ISD Academy High School, and robotics competitions.
TI recognizes that to increase the number of math- and science-capable students adequately prepared to successfully graduate from STEM-based disciplines, they must invest in the development and certification of teachers. Key programs that TI supported in 2012 included High Tech High Heels, Teach for America, Teachers Teaching with Technology, UTeach, and STEM teach recognition programs.
TI’s approach to developing education technology and services for math and science has allowed the company to become one of the most widely recognized and adopted educational equipment brands used by teachers and students. Educators are involved in every aspect of product development, connecting students’ learning experiences to the real world and opening career paths rooted in math and science.