U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

Lauren Williams's picture
Monday, August 25, 2014

With the arrival of the new school year, parents, students, educators and the community gear up with much anticipation. Traditional educational approaches have delivered good benefits in the past, but how can we move from good to great? How can we move our students from simply being “good enough” to make it to the next step, to a level of excellence that allows them to fully compete in a global economy?

It is with that challenge in mind that companies like ExxonMobil and organizations like the Billings Chamber have invested in and supported STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives for Billings and Lockwood.

Over the summer, various companies stepped up to support Project Lead the Way, a STEM curriculum that will be rolled out in five Billings elementary schools this fall. It will put our students on the path to doing great things.

For our community, state and nation, STEM education is foundational for developing a globally competitive 21st century workforce. STEM education integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the teaching and learning process and equips our current students and future scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, with the knowledge and skills to create new, visionary technologies and the confidence to take on new frontiers.

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