But the best may be yet to come.
The ExxonMobil Foundation is setting up free training for middle school math and science teachers at under-resourced schools so they have the tools, skillset, and resources they need to teach STEM concepts effectively and to inspire STEM curiosity and learning in their students. The ExxonMobil Foundation is also establishing two pilot ExxonMobil Foundation Teen Engineering and Tech Centers – scheduled to open next fall in the greater Houston area – to provide high school students with fun, hands-on STEM education and introduce them to potential STEM careers, at no cost to the students or their families.
What’s unique about these centers is the ExxonMobil Foundation plans to run them, staffed by experienced education professionals. While we’ve traditionally made financial contributions to worthy organizations and efforts – and we’ll continue to do so – we also want to leverage our company’s core competencies and scale to be a direct part of the solution.
We’ll ensure students, particularly those from under-resourced communities, have access to high-quality STEM teachers and after-school programming that put them on a track to a future STEM career.
It’s hard not to get excited about this next chapter in our STEM story. I’ll be updating this space in the months to come as we make progress.
Our ambition is big, but clear: We want to help refill the STEM pipeline with the best and brightest engineers and scientists, in addition to expanding STEM opportunities for underserved communities where we operate.
That’s why we’re making a big deal about National STEM Day. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our history of giving to support global STEM education and, most importantly, what we’re doing now to take it to the next level – rolling up our sleeves and doing it ourselves.
Now, that’s something to celebrate.