Our society is built on science and technology. In order to be educated and engaged citizens of the world in the 21st century, everyone needs to know and understand the basics of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
For our nation, and our region, to remain economically and environmentally strong and sustainable, we must recruit from among an informed citizenry the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians who will solve the complex problems of our times.
Carnegie Science Center's Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development provides a focused forum for collaboration among key STEM education stakeholders, including:
Efforts are organized through the cultivation of a highly engaged community advisory group consisting of active leaders in all the relevant sectors.
As a proven leader in, and advocate for, Informal Science Education, Carnegie Science Center has demonstrated the ability to work with all of the relevant stakeholders, and to deliver high quality, and meaningful informal STEM education programming and experiences to the students of our region.
The role of Informal Science Education in STEM efforts is critical. A 2009 study by the National Research Council confirms that exposure to Informal Science Education enables students to grasp concepts faster and more easily.
Chevron has supported Carnegie Science Center in this endeavor as title sponsor of the Center. Additionally, eight Founding Partners have committed significant support: